Immigration Detention

Urgent: Citizens and Immigrants with Mental Disabilities Need Congress's Attention

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:01pm
Mark Lyttle, a native-born U.S. citizen of Puerto Rican descent with mental disabilities, was deported after an immigration court hearing in 2008 at which he had no lawyer. Despite the fact that he spoke no Spanish and was known to have spent time in a psychiatric hospital, he endured more than four months of living on the streets and in the shelters and prisons of Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Ending Immigration Detention in America

Ending Immigration Detention in America

By Molly Lauterback, Immigrants' Rights Project at 2:58pm

Why is it we are locking up record numbers of immigrants, at tremendous cost to families, communities and taxpayers, with little gain to public safety?

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:02pm

Excluding immigration detention from prison rape standards that prevent, detect and respond to sexual assault in custody is unjustifiable and unconscionable.

Lost in Immigration Detention

Lost in Immigration Detention

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 4:00pm

Tonight at 9 p.m. EDT, Frontline on PBS takes a penetrating look at the Obama administration's immigration policies and the hidden world of immigration detention.

Lost in Detention

Lost in Detention

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 5:35pm

On Tuesday, October 18, Frontline takes a penetrating look at the Obama administration's immigration policies and the hidden world of immigration detention.

Mr. President, What Will Be Your Civil Rights Legacy?

Mr. President, What Will Be Your Civil Rights Legacy?

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:44am

Watching President Obama take the Oath of Office four years ago was a historic moment I will never forget. I remember meeting him when he was an Illinois state senator...

The Truth about the Current State of Immigration Enforcement

The Truth about the Current State of Immigration Enforcement

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:08am

On Monday, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC featured an interview with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and the discussion turned to immigration. Matthews asked Crist about his views on immigration enforcement and said that…

A Policy Gone Bad: What Happens When a County Enforces National Immigration Law

A Policy Gone Bad: What Happens When a County Enforces National Immigration Law

By Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland at 1:53pm

A few months ago, the ACLU called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end its 287(g) program, which delegates immigration enforcement authority to participating law enforcement agencies across the country. Civil rights and faith organizations…

ACLU to President Obama: Tackle the Homeland Security Budget in Your Plan to Avert Fiscal Cliff

ACLU to President Obama: Tackle the Homeland Security Budget in Your Plan to Avert Fiscal Cliff

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:22pm

Much attention has turned to the so-called “fiscal cliff” of spending cuts and increases in taxes that could take effect in early 2013 barring congressional action. According to  The Wall Street Journaland others, the president met…

After Supreme Court’s SB 1070 Decision, Federal Court Rules on South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

After Supreme Court’s SB 1070 Decision, Federal Court Rules on South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

By Mariel Villarreal, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:48pm

Today, a federal court in South Carolina upheld most of its original order blocking key provisions of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law from going into effect. The court’s ruling today makes it clear that states like South Carolina cannot…

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