It has been two months since federal authorities were sued for dragging their feet in responding to demands for records of persons detained under President Donald Trump’s travel ban. But the wait may grow longer because of an unusual motion by the U.S. Department of Justice to coordinate 13 lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation.

The DOJ’s maneuver drew a sharp rebuke from lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, one of whom called it a “misfit of a motion” and a veiled attempt at putting the requests on hold indefinitely.

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