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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 1996, our nation's singular immigration policy has been enforcement-first and enforcement-only. This folly of decades of enforcement-first has come at a tremendous cost – to American taxpayers who have funded it, to immigrant families torn asunder, and to all of our civil liberties.
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…

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 10:08am

Hard to believe, but until recently, all detained immigrants appearing in the civil immigration court in San Francisco were forced to give critical testimony while restrained by shackles and chains at the wrists, waist, and ankles. The inhumane practice…

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…

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…

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:06pm

Earlier this week, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new directive regulating the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention. This is a welcome and much-needed step toward curtailing a practice that is both inhumane…

Border Life Overlooked During Congressional Jaunt

Border Life Overlooked During Congressional Jaunt

By Brian Erickson, Policy Advocate, ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights at 2:05pm

The floating body seen by members of Congress who toured the U.S.-Mexico border this month is the latest emblem of our militarized southwest border. CQ reported that Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) was "shocked" after seeing "firsthand the tragedies of…

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 3:30pm

We have a broken immigration system. One of the worst features of that system is our draconian immigration prisons...