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Joanne
Lin

Joanne Lin has been a legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office since September 2007. She works with the Congress and executive agencies on a broad range of immigration and human rights issues including racial profiling, state and local immigration enforcement, access to higher education, immigration detention conditions, sexual assault in immigration detention, immigration due process, access to counsel, judicial review, material support bars, border enforcement, and excessive use of force by border patrol. Together with ACLU’s national litigation projects and state affiliates, Lin works with federal lawmakers to ensure that federal policies, practices, and procedures comport with the Constitution, due process, and civil liberties.

Senate Democrats: Refugee Mothers and Children "Should Not Be Treated Like Criminals."

Senate Democrats: Refugee Mothers and Children "Should Not Be Treated Like Criminals."

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 4:16pm
In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson yesterday, 10 Democratic senators, including all of the party's leaders, wrote: "Mothers and their children who have fled violence in their home countries should not be treated like criminals."
DREAM Act Passage in Maryland Should Spark Federal Action

DREAM Act Passage in Maryland Should Spark Federal Action

By Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 9:32pm

Last night was a watershed moment for immigrants’ rights in Maryland. Faced with federal inaction and a stalemate on immigration reform, Maryland stepped in to ensure that none of its children are left behind. 

Voters in the state…

Inappropriate Appropriations: The House Votes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unnecessary Border and Immigration Enforcement

Inappropriate Appropriations: The House Votes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unnecessary Border and Immigration Enforcement

By Charanya Krishnaswami, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office & Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:22pm

“Trimming excess.”

That’s how Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, described the committee’s recently released 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security. Rogers says the…

ACLU to Super Committee: Cut Out-Of-Control Spending on Ineffective Immigration Programs

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 4:28pm

As we all know, in order to save the U.S. from fiscal ruin, Congress is desperate to cut federal spending.

That’s why the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a bipartisan 12-member group also known as the “Super Committee,”…

Obama Administration Fails to Halt Runaway "Secure Communities" Train, Ignoring Complaints of Governors, Congress, and Law Enforcement Leaders

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 6:05pm

Last Friday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced their proposed changes to the much-criticized Secure Communities (S-Comm) program, the centerpiece of the Obama administration's immigration…

Deporter-in-Chief

Deporter-in-Chief

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:22pm

The lead statement of the House GOP immigration standards released last week says, "Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First." While catchy, this phrase suggests that enforcement has not been taking place. The reality is that since…

End It: 287(g) is Beyond Repair and Harms Local Communities Every Day

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 1:22pm

Should an accident victim be taken to jail by a state's highway patrol to check his or her immigration status?

Should undocumented residents who are victims or witnesses be afraid to report crimes to the police, creating public safety and national…

Curtailing Immigration Prison System Can Reduce Spending Without Hurting Public Safety

Curtailing Immigration Prison System Can Reduce Spending Without Hurting Public Safety

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 11:17am

Today, Roll Call published an op-ed we wrote on how curtailing immigration prisons is an easy way for Congress to begin to reduce the deficit, cut government spending, and reform our flawed immigration system.

In addition, there are several…

Petitions, Sign-on Letter Sent to Administration Calling for End to Controversial Immigration Program

Petitions, Sign-on Letter Sent to Administration Calling for End to Controversial Immigration Program

By Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 12:03pm

Communities across the country are saying no to 287(g)...

Important Breakthrough for LGBT Immigrant Families

Important Breakthrough for LGBT Immigrant Families

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 1:57pm

In August, over 80 members of Congress, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), wrote to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting recognition, explicitly and in writing, of the ties of a same-sex partner or spouse as a positive…

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