Blog of Rights

The Ones Obama Left Behind - And Deported Without a Chance to Be Heard

The Ones Obama Left Behind - And Deported Without a Chance to Be Heard

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 8:14am
Nydia already had asylum in the United States when she was twice deported by border officers back to the danger she fled from. A transgender woman from Mexico, Nydia told officers she had status and had been raped and attacked in Mexico when she returned for her mother's funeral.
An MRAP Is Not a Blanket

An MRAP Is Not a Blanket

By Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel, ACLU Center for Justice at 4:41pm

This August, Americans watched in horror as the police descended on peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as though they were going into battle. In May, a toddler named Bou Bou Phonesavanh had his chest ripped open and his face torn off by a flashbang…

President Obama: Don’t Empower an Unaccountable and Violent Agency

President Obama: Don’t Empower an Unaccountable and Violent Agency

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 4:54pm

Which American police force had an officer arrested for misconduct almost every single day between 2005 and 2012?

Hint: It’s the same one that was responsible for at least 31 fatal encounters with private individuals since 2010, without a…

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:54pm

On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.

The…

Victory! New Legal Representation for Those Lost in Detention

Victory! New Legal Representation for Those Lost in Detention

By Carmen Iguina, Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU of Southern California at 4:05pm

Mario* had a long history of mental illness prior to landing in immigration custody. He struggled with schizophrenia and had attempted suicide in the past.

Despite this, none of the various immigration officials who came into contact with him…

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 9:49am

This year, when a large number of families and children arrived in the United States seeking protection, the U.S. government's primary response has been to expand family detention and accelerate deportations.

This Monday, the ACLU and other…

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a 3-Year-Old Represent Himself in Court?

By Beth Werlin, American Immigration Council & Kristin Macleod-Ball, American Immigration Council at 5:28pm

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three-year-old…

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."

We…

Federal Appeals Court Tells Obama Administration to Stop Imprisoning Immigrants for No Reason

Federal Appeals Court Tells Obama Administration to Stop Imprisoning Immigrants for No Reason

By Eunice Lee, Detention Attorney, ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Project at 1:37pm

A federal appeals court sent a clear message to the Obama administration this week: stop locking away immigrants without bond based on old criminal convictions.

The court on Tuesday held that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…

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Obama Tells Arizona: Let Dreamers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:44pm

This week, the United States sent a clear message to the state of Arizona: Let the Dreamers drive.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States urged the Court to affirm its decision…