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Answering to the American People on Immigration

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:00pm
This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson is busy testifying before four different congressional committees  on the President’s FY 2015 DHS budget request.
Setting the record straight on DHS and license plate tracking

Setting the record straight on DHS and license plate tracking

By Kade Crockford, Director, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project at 4:37pm

There has been a lot of press coverage in the past couple of weeks about the Department of Homeland Security posting a solicitation for contract proposals regarding access to a national license plate reader database—and DHS’s decision, once mainstream…

While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp

While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 1:58pm

This piece was originally published on In These Times.

Today is the Day of Remembrance: seventy-one years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized military officials to "evacuate" from their homes some…

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:45pm

Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the feds want to investigate her immigration status? We think the answer is clearly no. Wednesday…

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…

Coming Out of Hibernation on Immigration

Coming Out of Hibernation on Immigration

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm

Spring is not quite yet in the air (especially if you live in Atlanta), but happily, the House Republicans have come out of hibernation when it comes to immigration.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives released their standards for immigration…

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:54pm

Last night's State of the Union address covered many issues important to Americans, including economic inequality, winding down foreign wars, climate change, pay equity, closing Guantanamo, voting rights, and much more.

But from a civil liberties…

Southwest Border Tour Excludes Border Communities

Southwest Border Tour Excludes Border Communities

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties & James Lyall, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of Arizona at 4:54pm

Newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wrapped up a two-day visit to the southwest border region last week, starting in McAllen, Texas, and ending in Tucson, Ariz. The stated purpose of the trip was to "tour border operations, receive…

Being Pro Immigrant Is So In This Season

Being Pro Immigrant Is So In This Season

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:10pm

Wake up in the morning feeling not like P.Diddy (sorry, Ke$ha), but instead feeling like wow, another official is saying something really pro-immigrant, and it's fantastic.

Today, it's Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl (in Speaker Boehner's…

Is Illegal Entry the Crime You’re Most Afraid Of?

Is Illegal Entry the Crime You’re Most Afraid Of?

By Ruthie Epstein, ACLU, Washington Legislative Office at 10:39am

Guess what crime is the most prosecuted at the federal level in the United States? Rape? Murder? Assault? Robbery? Racketeering? Financial fraud?

Actually, no. It's illegal entry and re-entry. And I don't mean people trespassing into your home…