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How the Obama Administration Can Turn its Human Rights Promises into Concrete Action Against Racism

How the Obama Administration Can Turn its Human Rights Promises into Concrete Action Against Racism

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:53pm
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, an occasion when all nations of the world resolve to increase their efforts to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and promote human rights.
One Too Many: New York Times Highlights American Citizens Detained Under S-Comm

One Too Many: New York Times Highlights American Citizens Detained Under S-Comm

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 3:31pm

The New York Times today exposed a persistent problem with the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement programs: American citizens are being unlawfully detained for extended periods.

In the report, the Times told…

Keep  New York Out of S-Comm

Keep New York Out of S-Comm

By Udi Ofer at 3:45pm

Editor’s Note: This is the last of five blogs in a series focusing on firsthand experiences with Secure Communities from across the country.

In June 2011, New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo suspended our state’s involvement…

California's Opt-Out: The Burden of S-Comm on U.S. Citizens in California

California's Opt-Out: The Burden of S-Comm on U.S. Citizens in California

By Tiffany Tiffany Mok, ACLU California Legislative Office at 6:17pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of five blogs in a series focusing on firsthand experiences with Secure Communities from across the country.

Most graduate students are known to spend nights in numerous places — libraries, cubicles…

ICE's Mess in Massachusetts

ICE's Mess in Massachusetts

By Laura Rotolo, ACLU of Massachusetts at 5:42pm

Over the last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has played out a miniature version of its catastrophic national strategy on Secure Communities in my home state.

Detain First, Investigate Later: How U.S. Citizens Are Unlawfully Detained Under S-Comm

Detain First, Investigate Later: How U.S. Citizens Are Unlawfully Detained Under S-Comm

By Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California at 3:32pm

Detain first, investigate later — that is Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s mantra when it comes to its Secure Communities program.

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

By Johnny Barnes, ACLU of the Nation's Capitol at 3:39pm

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. city council rejected Secure Communities, saying they would not allow the DHS to federalize the D.C. police department.

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: Immigrants are the Latest Victims

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: Immigrants are the Latest Victims

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:31pm

The Obama administration's federal immigration enforcement system includes two programs that are fraught with civil rights problems.

ACLU Lens: Leaked Secure Communities Task Force Report Shows Program's Many Flaws

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:07pm

A task force report released today on the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities reveals the program's many problems — namely that it has led to the deportation of thousands of immigrants with no criminal records and undermines…

Agreed: Facts Matter on Immigration and Deportation

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 5:39pm

The ACLU wholeheartedly agrees with the White House’s August 16 Secure Communities blog post that, "in the debate over immigration and deportations, the facts matter." Under Secure Communities, local jails run all arrestees’…

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