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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 Migrants Day," an occasion to affirm and acknowledge the human rights of migrants all over the world.
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…

Keeping Families Together is the Heart of Immigration Debate

Keeping Families Together is the Heart of Immigration Debate

By Heejin Hwang, Washington Legislative Office at 12:49pm

Few things evoke stronger emotion and action than divided families.

One hundred fifty years ago for the United States, it was the Civil War. Sixty years ago for my family, it was the Korean War, when my grandmother could never again see family…

All Eyes on Arpaio

All Eyes on Arpaio

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 9:58am

A federal judge in Arizona has delivered a major – and hopefully final – victory in the fight to stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) from racial profiling and illegal detentions that target Latinos.

In…

Deadly Force on the Border, Without Transparency or Accountability

Deadly Force on the Border, Without Transparency or Accountability

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 12:05pm

In April 2012, PBS aired a damning documentary about Anastacio Hernández Rojas, a 42-year-old father of five U.S.-born children who had lived in the United States for more than two decades. In May 2010, he was deported. Unable to endure exile from…

Locking Migrants in a Freezer? That’s Not Cool

Locking Migrants in a Freezer? That’s Not Cool

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:56pm

Lots happened this week to hearten those concerned about distorted portrayals of the southwest border as a crisis zone when the fact is that cities like El Paso and San Diego are among the safest in the country and migrant apprehensions are near a…