Anti-Immigrant Laws

Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:37am
One year ago, the immigrant youth movement won the most important immigrants' rights victory in recent memory: the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—or Dreamers—the ability to live and work in the country legally. As of this May, about 365,000 young immigrants have been granted DACA, and are working hard, going to school, and giving back to their communities—a preview of the benefits all of us stand to gain should Congress pass immigration reform this year.
Not Just the Face of the Immigration Reform Movement

Not Just the Face of the Immigration Reform Movement

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:29pm

Every movement needs a face – someone whose story transcends traditional dividing lines and has the capacity to change hearts and minds. For immigration reform, it's not just one story, but rather the collective stories of DREAMers, undocumented…

America is My Home and It's Where I’ll Leave My Legacy

America is My Home and It's Where I’ll Leave My Legacy

By Maria Marquez Hernandez, Activist at 2:46pm

I recently learned about a group of young people who did something extremely brave. They were invited to lunch with Nebraska's Governor, Dave Heineman...

With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 12:12pm

This week saw an unprecedented advance in state campaigns expanding driving privileges to immigrants. Nevada's legislature...

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

By Andre Segura, Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:13am

Plaintiffs have established that the MCSO had sufficient intent to discriminate against Latino occupants of motor vehicles. Further, the Court concludes that the MCSO had and continues to have a facially discriminatory policy of considering…

A Key Lesson from the 1986 Immigration Reform Is in Jeopardy

A Key Lesson from the 1986 Immigration Reform Is in Jeopardy

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 12:45pm

Another day, another amendment to the Senate immigration reform legislation from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would harm immigrants' civil liberties. Amendment 17, which will be up for consideration this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee's…

Immigration Reform: Week Two Is Through

Immigration Reform: Week Two Is Through

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:59am

After two more long days last week of largely unsuccessful attempts to scuttle the immigration reform bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee now is looking at the gargantuan task of wrapping up consideration – somehow, some way – before the end of…

Scholars to Senate: Prolonged and Indefinite Immigration Detention is Unconstitutional and un-American

Scholars to Senate: Prolonged and Indefinite Immigration Detention is Unconstitutional and un-American

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 2:08pm

While most countries accept the return of their citizens if the United States orders them deported, several refuse to take back them back, either because of a lack of formal relations with the U.S. (Cuba, for example), or simply because of slow background…

VICTORY! Maryland and Oregon Extend Driving Privileges to All Immigrants

VICTORY! Maryland and Oregon Extend Driving Privileges to All Immigrants

By Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland & Becky Straus, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon at 4:55pm

Today Maryland and Oregon are celebrating the signing of new laws expanding access to driver's licenses to all residents, including undocumented immigrants. We are part of a movement. Our hope is that our success inspires the passage of bills in more…

Supreme Court Makes the Right Call: "Social Sharing" of Marijuana Not an Aggravated Felony Under Immigration Laws

Supreme Court Makes the Right Call: "Social Sharing" of Marijuana Not an Aggravated Felony Under Immigration Laws

By Molly Lauterback, Immigrants' Rights Project & Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 2:53pm

In a 7-2 decision this week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the "social sharing of a small amount...

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