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Sandhya
Bathija
Sandhya Bathija joined the ACLU communications department in September 2011 and serves the Washington Legislative Office. Previously, she worked in the communications department of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and as a reporter for The National Law Journal. She also practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is proud alum of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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ACLU Lens: NY Times Highlights DHS Latest Plan to Deport Criminals

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 1:36pm
The New York Times reports today that the Department of Homeland Security will begin a new system to review deportation cases in a way that officials claim will speed up the deportations of convicted criminals while stopping many deportations of immigrants with no criminal record.
Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 3:17pm

Since Alabama’s draconian racial profiling law went into effect, farmers have been crying out for help.

Latest Report on Obama Immigration Program Highlights Racial Profiling

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 11:39am

Soon after the Obama administration's centerpiece immigration program, Secure Communities, went into effect in West Virginia in 2009, patrons of a popular Latin dance club called Lobos drove into a trap.

One Sunday morning, police stopped…

A Step in the Right Direction: Death In Custody Reporting Act to be Voted on in the House

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:28pm

Sandra M. Kenley died in an immigration detention facility after spending seven weeks asking for blood pressure medicine she never received.

Young Sook Kim, a Korean woman being held in an immigration detention facility, pleaded for medical…

ACLU Lens: Leaked Secure Communities Task Force Report Shows Program's Many Flaws

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:07pm

A task force report released today on the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities reveals the program's many problems — namely that it has led to the deportation of thousands of immigrants with no criminal records and undermines…

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