Due Process

Due process is what separates a democracy from a police state. As the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution states, the government shall not "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property" without first having a fair chance to defend themselves.

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What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:37pm
When I wrote about Justin Bieber's trouble with the law last week, we didn't know how far he'd fall in just a few days. Now Bieber has been arrested for late-night drag racing in Miami Beach. If convicted, another immigrant in his situation would very likely languish in immigration detention before being deported. That person—like 84 percent of people in immigration detention-- would also likely not have an immigration attorney, let alone a high-priced one.
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Immigrants Have No Access to Justice

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 5:08pm

Yesterday, I joined several organizations aiming to inform the U.S. government of its human rights commitments regarding access to justice .

My presentation focused on access to justice in the U.S. immigration system and was part…

Don't Be Fooled by New NDAA Detention Amendment

Don't Be Fooled by New NDAA Detention Amendment

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:14pm

The Senate is once again debating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and is within a day or two of voting yet again on the issue of indefinite detention without charge or trial in the United States itself.

Last year, Congress…

The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of

The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:28pm

Our country has been shaken by the events coming out of Boston in the past week. First, of course, there was the tragedy and loss of life...

U.S. Citizen Wrongfully Deported to Mexico, Settles His Case Against the Federal Government

U.S. Citizen Wrongfully Deported to Mexico, Settles His Case Against the Federal Government

By Esha Bhandari, Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU at 12:15pm

Mark Lyttle, an American citizen with mental disabilities who was wrongfully detained and deported to Mexico and forced to live on the streets and in prisons for months, settled his case against the federal government this week.

Lyttle will…

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 10:08am

Hard to believe, but until recently, all detained immigrants appearing in the civil immigration court in San Francisco were forced to give critical testimony while restrained by shackles and chains at the wrists, waist, and ankles. The inhumane practice…

ICE Domain Name Seizures Threaten Due Process and First Amendment Rights

ICE Domain Name Seizures Threaten Due Process and First Amendment Rights

By Agatha M. Cole at 4:54pm

Guest blogger Agatha M. Cole is a J.D. candidate, Cardozo Law School, Class of 2013

The ongoing controversy surrounding domain name seizures under "Operation In Our Sites" seems to be reaching new heights. DHS launched Operation In…

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

After Al-Aulaqi's Killing, Why Due Process Matters

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:04pm

In "Crime or War: Execution or Assassination?" David Shipler of The Shipler Report writes about why due process — even for terrorism suspects who have admitted to plotting against the U.S. — is important:

So, why bother…
Why Beliebers Should Care About Immigration Reform

Why Beliebers Should Care About Immigration Reform

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:51pm

Update (01/23/2014): What Justin Bieber's Arrest Would Mean for Another Non-Citizen

As you may have heard, Justin Bieber is being investigated for egging his neighbor's home in Los Angeles. If the damage is found to be $400 or more, Bieber…

Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

By Dror Ladin, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project & Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:42am

Abdullah al-Kidd is a Kansas-born American citizen, a father, and a graduate of the University of Idaho where he was a star football player.  And in 2003, he became the victim of the FBI’s misuse of a little-known federal law to imprison…

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