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License to Dream

License to Dream

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 11:41am
On Thursday the California Supreme Court granted Sergio Garcia his law license, and  in its landmark ruling, held unanimously that undocumented immigrants can be admitted to the practice of law. The decision comes on the heels of Assembly Bill 1024, which passed by overwhelming majorities in the state legislature this fall and ensures that a qualified individual cannot be denied a law license simply because of his or her immigration status. California thus becomes the first state in the nation to protect the rights of all individuals who work hard and pass the bar exam to be admitted to the practice of law.
States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 3:17pm

As 2013 comes to a close, political pundits will no doubt say that the big immigration story of the year was the paralysis of national immigration reform inside the Washington D.C. beltway. That may be so, if all you're doing is counting lines of copy.…

Goodlatte's "Safe to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

Goodlatte's "Safe to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

By Dara Lind at 4:12pm

This was originally posted on America's Voice.

We know that House Republicans are in denial about the human cost of immigration enforcement and massive deportations. That's why they'd rather kick immigrant families out of their offices than…

Time to End Impunity for US-Mexico Border Killings

Time to End Impunity for US-Mexico Border Killings

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 1:08pm

Yesterday, the world marked International Migrants Day, providing an opportunity to reflect on global efforts to respect and protect migrants' human rights. It is particularly appropriate for us to call attention to U.S. government failure to protect…

America's Broken Guestworker Program Violates Human Rights

America's Broken Guestworker Program Violates Human Rights

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 9:53am

Twenty-three years ago today, the United Nations adopted the landmark International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Subsequently, the General Assembly named December 18 "International…

Image Control at Its Worst: The White House Immigration Chat

Image Control at Its Worst: The White House Immigration Chat

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:56pm

About midway through yesterday's immigration chat with Vice President Biden and Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Muñoz, I started to get the sneaking suspicion that the conversation was a tightly controlled event, with the questioners chosen beforehand,…

Border Quilt Lays Stories of Loss and Courage on National Mall

Border Quilt Lays Stories of Loss and Courage on National Mall

By Alyssa Telander, Border Resident & Outreach Coordinator, ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights at 4:23pm

With all the talk about immigration reform that goes on behind closed doors in Washington DC, it's rare to hear from the people who actually live on the US-Mexico border, and who will be profoundly affected by what Congress does or doesn't do regarding…

Locking Up the Legals

Locking Up the Legals

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:46pm

Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken. But one of its worst features remains shrouded in secrecy: Our massive immigration lock-up system.

On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cages approximately 34,000…

Taking Candy from a Border Agent

Taking Candy from a Border Agent

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 10:22am

Is it harder to take candy from a baby or a border agent?

That question may be impossible to answer definitively, but according to multiple whistleblowers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees have quite the sweet tooth: they've…

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…