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Immigration Enforcement Doesn't Belong in the Courthouse

Immigration Enforcement Doesn't Belong in the Courthouse

By Reverend Elmer Zavala Gonzalez, Minister Member of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery at 4:39pm
In a matter of minutes, I went from seeking justice, to bearing witness, to being racially profiled.
Blog author, John Ladd

Living Under Surveillance at the Border – for What?

By John Ladd at 2:38pm

As a fourth-generation Arizona rancher I have a strong attachment to the land my great grandfather homesteaded back in 1896. But ever since the US government built the border fence and sent thousands of Border Patrol agents to the Southwest, my property…

Prison corridor

Detained Immigrants Hungry for Justice, Literally

By Eunice Lee, Detention Attorney, ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:24pm

Days into the hunger strike at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), we won a victory for a class of immigrants detained at that facility. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the government must provide the basic due process…

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:45pm

Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the feds want to investigate her immigration status? We think the answer is clearly no. Wednesday…

Coming Out of Hibernation on Immigration

Coming Out of Hibernation on Immigration

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm

Spring is not quite yet in the air (especially if you live in Atlanta), but happily, the House Republicans have come out of hibernation when it comes to immigration.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives released their standards for immigration…

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…

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…

CBP Using Its Authorization for Border Use Of Drones as Wedge For Nationwide Use

CBP Using Its Authorization for Border Use Of Drones as Wedge For Nationwide Use

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:51pm

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a very valuable set of documents it obtained via FOIA from Customs & Border Protection (CBP) on that agency’s use of drones. EFF found that CPB has greatly increased the number of missions that it has flown—inside the border region—on behalf of other state, local and federal agencies. The EFF’s Jennifer Lynch summarizes what they found nicely in this blog post.

All the public discussion around the CBP’s use of drones has centered around their use on the border. As far as I know, CBP’s drone program was intended and authorized by Congress for the purpose of patrolling the nation’s borders. It was not intended to be a general law enforcement drone “lending library,” in which Predator drones (which are quite unlike the small UAVs that police departments around the country are beginning to acquire and deploy) are used for all manner of purposes across the country. Many of those purposes are totally unobjectionable, but if such a system is to be created, it should be only following a full, open, and democratic discussion, and (as Lynch points out) with a strong set of privacy policies. It should certainly not be created in secret by a single federal agency.

DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples

DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:29pm

As pissed-off and heartbroken as advocates for LGBT rights were over the failure to include same-sex binational couples in the Senate immigration bill last month, Wednesday's defeat of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" at the Supreme Court was…

Is the Senate's Border Enforcement Capitulation Based on Sham Numbers?

Is the Senate's Border Enforcement Capitulation Based on Sham Numbers?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:42pm

This week, Republican senators used a Congressional Budget Office report to bolster their case for more border resources. The principal negotiators of a proposal to put 20,000 more Border Patrol agents in the Southwest, along with billions of dollars…