Immigrants' Children

DREAM Act Passage in Maryland Should Spark Federal Action

DREAM Act Passage in Maryland Should Spark Federal Action

By Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 9:32pm
Last night was a watershed moment for immigrants’ rights in Maryland. Faced with federal inaction and a stalemate on immigration reform, Maryland stepped in to ensure that none of its children are left behind. 
Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws…for Children and Families

Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws…for Children and Families

By Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:58pm

What do anti-immigrant laws have to do with children and youth?

In my 8-year-old son Cyrus's Spanish immersion program at a Berkeley public school, there are families facing deportation. The teacher taught a class on it and the children…

"Estamos Unidos" …Against Discrimination and Anti-Immigrant Laws

"Estamos Unidos" …Against Discrimination and Anti-Immigrant Laws

By Lucia Hermo at 1:29pm

As I stepped off the plane from JFK to Oakland, I admit that I was a bit scared. Normally sitting behind a desk, I was about to embark on a ten-day journey across the United States, sharing a van with eight people I had yet to meet, trying to rally…

VICTORY! Bipartisan Group of Legislators Lead Oregon to Equal Access to Education Law

VICTORY! Bipartisan Group of Legislators Lead Oregon to Equal Access to Education Law

By Becky Straus, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon at 10:29am

Today in front of a packed room of supporters, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law HB 2787, a law that brings access to in-state tuition to all Oregonians, regardless of immigration status. The governor's action marked the culmination of an over ten-year-long…

A Wish for the New Year: End Mass Deportation and Family Separation

A Wish for the New Year: End Mass Deportation and Family Separation

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:08pm

As families get together this holiday season, we thought we’d share one wish for the New Year: an end to a government policy that tears thousands of these families apart.

We’re talking about the Obama administration’s harsh…

We are Americans, and Americans Don’t Give Up

We are Americans, and Americans Don’t Give Up

By Dulce Matuz, Chairwoman, Arizona Dream Act Coalition at 11:49am

Change in our communities takes courage. Many times, that courage does not come from the politicians, but from ordinary people standing up for what is right.

DREAMers continue to stand up for human and civil rights every day. We are standing…

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Ruled Alabama Can’t Check Students' Immigration Status

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Ruled Alabama Can’t Check Students' Immigration Status

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 11:18am

Alabama’s outrageous attempt to deny some immigrant children their right to education is among the provisions that was rejected Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The Atlanta-based court also blocked other harmful parts…

A Lifeline for DREAMers

A Lifeline for DREAMers

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:33pm
Today the Obama administration announced that it will stop deporting and give work permits to young adults who came to the U.S. as children, or DREAMers.
ACLU Lens: Alabama Governor Signs New Anti-Immigrant Measure into Law

ACLU Lens: Alabama Governor Signs New Anti-Immigrant Measure into Law

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 11:08pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley late Friday signed a measure that makes small changes to the state’s anti-immigrant law. The move came a day after he signaled he might veto the measure because he found two key parts unacceptable, including a "scarlet…

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