S.B. 1070

S.B. 1070: "I Look Suspicious"

S.B. 1070: "I Look Suspicious"

Lifelong Arizona resident Jim Shee has to carry a passport with him at all times in case he is pulled over and required to prove his right to be in his own country and city.

Will Americans Tolerate Laws That Encourage Racial Profiling?

Will Americans Tolerate Laws That Encourage Racial Profiling?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 4:55pm

Or will we choose fairness and equality over discrimination and a police state that reaches into our personal lives?

Immigrants Rights are Civil Rights

Gov. Brewer, Heed Your Own Advice

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:30am

Several weeks ago, when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, she urged us to "turn the ugliness of the debate … into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding." She cited "non-discrimination" as a core value among Arizonans...

We've Only Just Begun: Standing up for the Rights of All in Arizona

We've Only Just Begun: Standing up for the Rights of All in Arizona

By Victoria Lopez, ACLU of Arizona at 4:24pm

The highest court in the land has had its say. Politicians and media pundits have had their news cycle. And in Arizona, we’re back to where this all begins and ends—where the resolve of people across the state will again be tested in the…

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…

"Why Did He Pull Me Over? Was it the Mexican Music?"

"Why Did He Pull Me Over? Was it the Mexican Music?"

We used to like to go fishing, camping, go on drives. Since the [S.B. 1070 copycat law passed], we don't do that anymore. We're afraid of getting pulled over because of the way we look.

Racial Profiling Redux

Racial Profiling Redux

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 5:43pm

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character finds himself repeating the same miserable day over and over again. For Indian film star Shahrukh Khan, last week was Groundhog Day for racial and religious profiling. In 2009, Khan —…

Appeals Court Rules Anti-Immigrant Housing Law in Farmers Branch, Texas, Is Unconstitutional

Appeals Court Rules Anti-Immigrant Housing Law in Farmers Branch, Texas, Is Unconstitutional

By Omar Jadwat, Immigrants' Rights Project at 3:36pm

Yesterday the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the Farmers Branch, Texas, anti-immigrant ordinance unconstitutional. The decision, which came in a suit brought by the ACLU and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is the…

Georgia “Show Me Your Papers” Legislation Will Endanger Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 2:06pm

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. In observation, Georgia lawmakers should reject legislation that attacks immigrant women, including H.B. 87, a bill currently pending in the Georgia legislature that is a copycat of Arizona's S.B. 1070…

"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…

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