Anti-Immigrant Laws

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:39pm
Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly. As written, the law subjects U.S. citizens renewing a professional license to months of delay, costing many of them their jobs and livelihood.
Mother Faces Deportation for Having Barking Dogs

Mother Faces Deportation for Having Barking Dogs

By Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California & Axel Caballero, Cuéntame at 2:20pm

Where would you expect to find half-a-dozen patrol cars on New Year's Eve? In Bakersfield, California, ranked in the highest ten percent of the most violent cities in America, you'd hope they'd be responding to incidents of violence and preventing…

How to Create an Immigration System That's Worthy of American Values

How to Create an Immigration System That's Worthy of American Values

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 11:37am

This was cross-posted to The Huffington Post. 

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled "Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values," where I will testify. The hearing will address how our immigration…

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…

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…

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