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America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

By Layla Razavi, Regional Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:34pm
This past weekend's Fourth of July holiday made me nostalgic for the Independence Day celebrations of my childhood.
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…

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:08pm

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.

In its annual…

It's Time to End The Blame Game and Reform Immigration Policy

It's Time to End The Blame Game and Reform Immigration Policy

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:11am

This piece was first published by the National Journal magazine on the Next America Perspectives page.

Something unusual happened in Washington last week. A heavily favored, high profile incumbent lost a primary challenge. Headlines were generated,…

Claudia Valdez and her kids

The Terrible Toll of ICE Detainers

By Rebecca T. Wallace, ACLU of Colorado & John Krieger, Communications and Outreach Director, ACLU of Colorado at 10:41am

On the evening of June 28, 2012, Claudia Valdez called the police for help. An argument with her husband at the time had turned physical and she feared for her safety and that of her three young children. She ran to her neighbor’s house with…

Exiled: The Obama Administration's Horrifying Deportation Record

Exiled: The Obama Administration's Horrifying Deportation Record

By Demian Bichir, Ambassador for Immigrants' Rights, ACLU at 3:03pm

"Let's go home."

These are the closing words of A Better Life, which my character, the undocumented gardener Carlos Galindo, says as he prepares to walk into the desert and begin his journey back to America and his teenage son after being deported.

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…

Getting Off the Deportation Train, One State at a Time

Getting Off the Deportation Train, One State at a Time

By Domenic Powell, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:48am

While the Obama administration's immigration enforcement machine hurtles forward like a runaway train, law enforcement officials in progressive states have been jumping off en masse. Getting mixed up with federal immigration enforcement hasn't gotten…

Anastasio Hernández Rojas

Justice for Anastasio

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:52pm

When faced with government brutality and, in its aftermath, a total lack of justice for victims we have two choices: we can despair, or we can fight back.

On May 28, 2010, a 42-year-old undocumented immigrant,…

Hands in chains

The U.S. Government Treats Detained Immigrants Like Slaves

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 2:30pm

The New York Times reported this Sunday that one national employer relied on the labor of more than 60,000 immigrant workers last year to cook, clean, and do laundry while living behind locked doors and barbed wire. The employer paid them only $1 per…