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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 locals anywhere but into trouble with immigrant communities fearful of deportation if they cooperate with police, local officials protective of their budgets, and most recently with the courts. Now, a red state has joined the growing rebellion against local-federal entanglements and it's a surprising one: Kansas.
Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman and daughter

Resegregation: The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown

By Carmel Ferrer at 1:40pm

Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman lives with her daughter, Sophie, in the same Wilmington, Del., house where Tizzy grew up. She had hoped to send her daughter to the same elementary school she attended as a little girl, but soon discovered that the school…

Replacing the Noose With a Needle: The Legacy of Lynching in the United States

Replacing the Noose With a Needle: The Legacy of Lynching in the United States

By Angel Harris, Staff Attorney, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 2:28pm

Ida B. Wells said it best, "Our country's national crime is lynching."

Last week, we were reminded of this when the Equal Justice Initiative released its report, "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror." A gruesome history…

Profiling Won't Save Us

Profiling Won't Save Us

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:50am

This piece originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.

The Obama administration this week announced new guidance on how federal law enforcement agents may use race and other characteristics, such as religion and national origin, in their…

"The Constitution Was Written for Everyone, Not Just for People Who Make $100,000 a Year"

"The Constitution Was Written for Everyone, Not Just for People Who Make $100,000 a Year"

By Ujala Sehgal, Deputy Communications Director, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:23pm

You may not have heard of the lawsuit Hurrell-Harring v. New York, but you've probably heard of your "right to an attorney" as an American.

As seen on just about every episode of "Law & Order," when people are arrested, they are informed…

For One Young Black Man in Newark, 'The Talk' was about Police

For One Young Black Man in Newark, 'The Talk' was about Police

By Michael Hobbs at 3:37pm

This piece was originally published on NJ.com.

When I was 14, my grandfather sat me down for "the talk" – not the birds and the bees, but "the billy clubs and the bullets."

I brushed him off. I thought that in my majority-black hometown…

Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

By Lia G. Melikian, ACLU at 4:20pm

As Congress debates how to respond to children's migration from Central America, we must not forget that Customs and Border Protection is in dire need of improved oversight and accountability. Here are three examples of how the system is failing and…

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

By Leo Morales, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho at 8:18pm

With the flurry of court decisions striking down marriage bans for same-sex couples around the country, you might've missed the story coming out of Pocatello, Idaho, but it's a biggie.

Voters- in a largely Republican primary- in a small, conservative…

NYC Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage, Herald Square, Manhattan

What Raising Minimum Wage Means for Racial Justice

By Nirali Beri, Legal Assistant, ACLU, Racial Justice Project & Keely Mullen at 3:26pm

Yesterday the Fair Minimum Wage Act, legislation that would have raised federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, was blocked by a Republican-led filibuster in the U.S. Senate. While many are focused on the partisan politicking surrounding this bill,…

Immigrants Rights are Civil Rights

Gov. Brewer, Heed Your Own Advice

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:30am

Several weeks ago, when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, she urged us to "turn the ugliness of the debate … into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding." She cited "non-discrimination" as a core value among Arizonans...