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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
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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,…

Police Shouldn't Just Film Themselves Being Santa's Helpers

Police Shouldn't Just Film Themselves Being Santa's Helpers

By Micah McCoy, ACLU of New Mexico at 4:47pm

You may have seen the viral video making the rounds on social media: a millionaire "Secret Santa" donated $100,000 to the sheriff's department in Jackson County, Missouri, to hand out to the less fortunate in the community. The generous donor said…

Shakedown: Border Patrol’s “Confiscation” of Migrants’ Money, IDs, Cellphones Exposes Them to Danger After Deportation

Shakedown: Border Patrol’s “Confiscation” of Migrants’ Money, IDs, Cellphones Exposes Them to Danger After Deportation

By James Lyall, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of Arizona at 4:42pm

One of the cornerstones of American law is the right to property. That protection, however, doesn't seem to apply if you're a migrant.

A report released this week by the Tucson-based humanitarian organization No More Deaths details the Border…

A Dangerous Precedent: Why Allow Racial Profiling at or Near the Border?

A Dangerous Precedent: Why Allow Racial Profiling at or Near the Border?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:11pm

At a moment when the federal government is taking racial profiling seriously, it was gratifying to read that Attorney General Eric Holder "told colleagues that he believed that border agents did not need to consider race or ethnicity." Racial profiling…

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…

Mothers and Children Fleeing Violence Need a Fair Chance

Mothers and Children Fleeing Violence Need a Fair Chance

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 1:05pm

Imagine this: Several months ago, a young mother realized that if she didn't leave home, she would be raped, murdered, or both. She had two young children – an infant and a toddler – and few resources. She knew she couldn't count on the police…

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

This piece originally ran on MSNBC.com.

In an attempt to convince the public that its enforcement of immigration laws is fair and compassionate, the Department of Homeland Security emphasizes its supposedly careful targeting of "recent border…

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

By Patricia Flynn, Communications Fellow, ACLU at 11:46am

Imagine a courtroom where the accused face a judge 50 at a time. They are handcuffed, and their feet are chained together. The judge calls them before the bench in groups of eight to face the charges. His message to the group: either plead guilty to…

The DREAM's Alive and Well in Florida

The DREAM's Alive and Well in Florida

By Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Coalition at 3:48pm

Today's signing of a Florida law allowing young undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents to pay the same tuition rate as every other Florida resident represents a truly remarkable achievement. It will change the lives…