Anti-Immigrant Laws

Victory! Alabama Lets DREAMers Drive

Victory! Alabama Lets DREAMers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:24pm
Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who stand to benefit from the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program.
Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

By Michael Kaufman, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California at 11:45am

Apparently as a result of sequester-induced budget cuts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released hundreds of immigration detainees that it found were not risks either to flee or endanger public safety. The fact that these detainees were…

E-Verify: Immigration Reform Cannot Come at the Expense of the Right to Privacy

E-Verify: Immigration Reform Cannot Come at the Expense of the Right to Privacy

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:13am

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing yesterday on E-Verify...

The U.S.-Mexico Border: Safer than Ever

The U.S.-Mexico Border: Safer than Ever

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU & Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 10:05am

Over the weekend, "NBC Nightly News" aired a segment on ranchers in rural Arizona concerned with border security. As is so often the case with media coverage of the border, this segment only included one side of the story – ranchers concerned about…

Not the Usual Suspects: E-Verify Worries a Motley Crew

Not the Usual Suspects: E-Verify Worries a Motley Crew

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:39pm

Today the ACLU and a wide variety of other organizations sent a short letter to the Hill describing our concerns with the E-Verify program. These types of letters aren't unusual – in DC groups frequently try to showcase the breadth of support or…

The Problem of Prolonged Incarceration of Immigrants

The Problem of Prolonged Incarceration of Immigrants

By Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 11:24am

Bertha Mejia is a 53-year-old grandmother who fled political violence and sexual abuse in her native El Salvador as a girl. She has four U.S. citizen children and is the primary caretaker for her 9-year-old grandson, Pablo. The victim of rape at the…

ACLU Lens: ACLU Responds to President’s Immigration Announcement

ACLU Lens: ACLU Responds to President’s Immigration Announcement

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 4:18pm

The ACLU welcomed President Obama’s announcement earlier today to prioritize federal immigration reform, and stressed the need for a common-sense system that is fair, just and respects everyone’s civil liberties.

The president’s…

Border Communities’ Needs in Federal Immigration Reform Legislation

Border Communities’ Needs in Federal Immigration Reform Legislation

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 1:40pm

While the ACLU is encouraged that there is renewed interest in immigration reform, we urge the Obama Administration to develop and champion proposals that are grounded in Americans’ fundamental values of equality and justice for all. One area of…

Victory! Iowa Lets the DREAMers Drive!

Victory! Iowa Lets the DREAMers Drive!

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 12:46pm

This week the Iowa Department of Transportation announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—or “DREAMers”—will be eligible for driver’s licenses—reversing the state’s decision a month ago to ban them from the roads.…

New Federal Guidance Makes Clear That States Should Let the DREAMers Drive

New Federal Guidance Makes Clear That States Should Let the DREAMers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:24pm

Today the federal government issued new guidance that should end the latest form of anti-immigrant discrimination at the state level: the decision by certain states to deny driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the country as…

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