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Cecillia
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Cecillia Wang is director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, where she has worked full-time since 2004 after first serving as a fellow at the project from 1997-98. She has litigated civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Wang previously worked as an attorney at the federal public defender office for the Southern District of New York and at the San Francisco-based firm Keker & Van Nest. A 1995 graduate of Yale Law School, Wang clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.

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What’s Next for Arizona’s SB 1070 and Other Copycat Laws

What’s Next for Arizona’s SB 1070 and Other Copycat Laws

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:05pm
The Supreme Court handed down a mixed decision Monday for Arizona and the handful of states that have copied its anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Striking down three of the four provisions at issue in Arizona v. United States, the Justices affirmed the federal government’s exclusive role in enforcing immigration law. On the one hand, the Court delivered a significant rebuke to legislators who tried to make being an undocumented immigrant a crime. But on the other hand, the Court let stand the discriminatory “show me your papers” provision, or Section 2(B). And while it’s true that the Court sent a warning that Section 2(B) could still be ruled unconstitutional based on pending challenges (by the ACLU and other civil rights groups) focused more directly on racial profiling and prolonged detention, it nevertheless has thrown Arizona and other states into chaos by reversing the lower courts’ decision to block the “show me your papers” law. Arizona officials immediately announced that they would begin enforcing Section 2(B), even though the Supreme Court’s ruling does not immediately lift the order blocking. The Court’s decision now sends the case back to the lower district court in Arizona for further proceedings. 
The War on Drugs Tears Families Apart

The War on Drugs Tears Families Apart

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 5:30pm

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United…

All Eyes on Arpaio

All Eyes on Arpaio

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 9:58am

A federal judge in Arizona has delivered a major – and hopefully final – victory in the fight to stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) from racial profiling and illegal detentions that target Latinos.

In…

Will Americans Tolerate Laws That Encourage Racial Profiling?

Will Americans Tolerate Laws That Encourage Racial Profiling?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 4:55pm

Or will we choose fairness and equality over discrimination and a police state that reaches into our personal lives?

Victory! Appeals Court Blocks Additional Provisions of H.B. 56, Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law

Victory! Appeals Court Blocks Additional Provisions of H.B. 56, Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:47pm

These provisions were intended "to attack every aspect" of Alabamians' lives and to expel them from the state.

Report from the Supreme Court: Arizona v. United States

Report from the Supreme Court: Arizona v. United States

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 4:59pm

Ultimately, it's not only up to the Supreme Court to decide if S.B. 1070 will stand. The American people must decide whether we will tolerate a nation with such invidious laws.

Sweeter Home, Alabama?

Sweeter Home, Alabama?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:07am

Immigrant families in Alabama can finally breathe more freely thanks to a settlement reached Tuesday with Alabama over its draconian HB 56 anti-immigrant law, enacted in 2011. The settlement that we and our co-counsel reached permanently blocks key…

What Does Sheriff Arpaio Have To Do with Immigration Reform?

What Does Sheriff Arpaio Have To Do with Immigration Reform?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 1:11pm

Last month, a U.S. District Court in Phoenix issued a 142-page decision against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in Ortega Melendres v. Arpaio.  After  a three-week trial, the court found that MCSO had…

Reflections of Another Affirmative Action Baby

Reflections of Another Affirmative Action Baby

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 11:20am

As the Supreme Court takes up affirmative action once again, the word "diversity" has found its way into many legal briefs. For me, it is not an abstract concept. If today I am a supportive colleague, a successful civil rights lawyer, a good citizen…

Stopping South Carolina from Sharing Alabama's Fate

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 7:37pm

The fate of civil liberties in South Carolina will be decided by year’s end. Today, a coalition of South Carolinians and civil rights organizations went to federal district court in Charleston to stop the last anti-immigrant law passed this…

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