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Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

By Anita Shalwani at 11:03am

This is my family's American Dream story. I am a divorced, single mother, and an undocumented immigrant. I have resided in the United States for almost 30 years.

We came from Pakistan, a country known for its government abuse, torture, and…

Detention Is No Place for Infants, Children, and Families

Detention Is No Place for Infants, Children, and Families

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 1:45pm

Just before she turned a month old, baby Darla* was released from the Berks family detention facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Darla and her mother had been in the custody of DHS since she was just 11 days old. And although Darla will now have the…

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Police Officer Discretion in the Use of Body Worn Cameras

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:30pm

In our October 2013 policy white paper on police body cameras, we struggled with how to ensure that the cameras would serve as an effective oversight mechanism for police while not unduly invading privacy. We pointed out that purely from an oversight…

For Some Families Fleeing Violence, a Shot at a Fair Shake

For Some Families Fleeing Violence, a Shot at a Fair Shake

By Daniel Galindo at 4:56pm

When I met Milagro* and her two toddlers just a few months ago, they were locked up in a makeshift federal detention facility in the desert of Artesia, New Mexico, awaiting imminent deportation to Honduras – a near certain death sentence in light…

This Bill Is Mandating Perfect Border Security, Using Your Tax Dollars, Without a Plan.

This Bill Is Mandating Perfect Border Security, Using Your Tax Dollars, Without a Plan.

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:55am

Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, last year proposed a logical approach to border security: In rejecting measures to put the "cart" of border spending before the "horse" of measuring what resources are needed, he introduced…

Business as Usual: House Leadership Uses DHS Spending Bill to Try to Kill President’s Executive Action on Immigration

Business as Usual: House Leadership Uses DHS Spending Bill to Try to Kill President’s Executive Action on Immigration

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 5:16pm

There is already a clear picture of the House majority's agenda – block the immigration executive actions announced last November by President Barack Obama.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a spending bill to…

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Should Officers Be Permitted to View Body Camera Footage Before Writing Their Reports?

By Peter Bibring, Director of Police Practices for the ACLU of Southern California & Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 12:14pm

Update below

A police officer wearing a body camera shoots a civilian. Afterwards, the officer has to write up a report about the incident. Should the officer be able to view the footage captured by his body camera (or other cameras) before…

My Name Is Magaly: Community Leader, Homeowner, Taxpayer, and Undocumented Mother

My Name Is Magaly: Community Leader, Homeowner, Taxpayer, and Undocumented Mother

By Magaly at 2:59pm

I was 23 years old when I crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with my husband, aunt, and cousin.

Before we came to the United States, we lived in a community in Veracruz. My husband was in the Mexican Army, but the money he made was not enough to…

Why is Immigration & Customs Enforcement Still Fighting For Its Runaway Detainer Regime?

Why is Immigration & Customs Enforcement Still Fighting For Its Runaway Detainer Regime?

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 5:13pm

Ada Morales, a long-time resident of Rhode Island, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995. Yet in 2009, when she was arrested by Rhode Island authorities for an unrelated state charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an immigration hold,…