Anti-Immigrant Laws

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. But something else happened this year, an arguably bigger and certainly more decisive 2013 immigration story: over a dozen states approved one or more significant pro-immigrant measures, including common sense reforms advancing immigrant integration and equality in areas under the state's proper control. And for the second straight year, no new state followed Arizona down into the sinkhole created by its infamous SB 1070 law, which requires all police to verify the immigration of status of anyone they suspect to be undocumented.
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…

Locking Up the Legals

Locking Up the Legals

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:46pm

Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken. But one of its worst features remains shrouded in secrecy: Our massive immigration lock-up system.

On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cages approximately 34,000…

Sweeter Home, Alabama?

Sweeter Home, Alabama?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:07am

Immigrant families in Alabama can finally breathe more freely thanks to a settlement reached Tuesday with Alabama over its draconian HB 56 anti-immigrant law, enacted in 2011. The settlement that we and our co-counsel reached permanently blocks key…

A Beacon of Hope

A Beacon of Hope

By Sergio C. Garcia at 11:33am

Should an undocumented immigrant be admitted to the practice of law in California? That's the question currently before the California Supreme Court, which will hear argument today in my case, In re Garcia. The Court's ruling will determine whether…

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

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

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:30pm

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

VICTORY: Federal Court Rules Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

VICTORY: Federal Court Rules Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:06pm

Today we won another victory against one of the most draconian parts of our immigration system: the federal government...

What a Week! Three Appeals Courts Across the Nation Condemn Anti-immigrant Laws

What a Week! Three Appeals Courts Across the Nation Condemn Anti-immigrant Laws

By Omar Jadwat, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:34pm

Three federal appeals courts decisions this week have added to what was already a lopsided score in favor of fairness and common sense, and against the snake-oil salesmen who managed to convince a few states and localities to enact laws discriminating…

Study of Migrants Shows Abuse on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border

Study of Migrants Shows Abuse on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 1:36pm

On Thursday, the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights will join the Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional (Bi-national Defense and Advocacy Program, PBID), a delegation of Mexican non-governmental organizations, as they travel…

Immigration Reform on the Senate Floor – A Procedural Maze and Lots of Border Talk

Immigration Reform on the Senate Floor – A Procedural Maze and Lots of Border Talk

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:57pm

The full U. S. Senate took up the potentially historic bill to overhaul the country's immigration system last week.

At the top of the week, things looked rosy. S. 744 flew through initial procedural hurdles to allowing the chamber to take up…

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