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Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues U.S. Border Patrol Agents

  TUCSON – Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents,…

ACLU supports an increased minimum wage!

  The San Diego City Council will vote today on formally adopting an ordinance passed earlier this month to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017.  The Council voted for the increase on July 14, 2014….

ACLU Challenges Government’s ‘Suspicious Activity Report’ Program

SAN FRANCISCO – On behalf of five Americans who had their information entered into a law enforcement database for innocent things like taking pictures, buying computers, or standing in a train station and were then subjected to investigation, civil rights…

Groups Sue Feds over Lack of Lawyers for Kids in Deportation Process

  SEATTLE – The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the…

ACLU Withdraws Support for ENDA

  WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a statement also signed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian…

ACLU Statement on Public Reaction to Plight of Immigrant Children

  The following statement is made by the ACLU of California, a collaboration of the three ACLU affiliates covering the entire state, based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This country was founded as a beacon of hope for…

Constitution Applies on Foreign Soil Says Federal Appeals Court

In a momentous decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Constitution applies outside of the territorial limits of the United States, in this case Mexico, squarely rejecting the government’s argument that constitutional rights end at the…

ACLU Investigating Escondido’s Hasty Decision on Shelter

  SAN DIEGO – Concerned that the City of Escondido may once again be undermining the rights of immigrants in its community and possibly violating the law, the San Diego ACLU requested a number of records related to the Escondido Planning…

ACLU Reaction to Supreme Court Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling

  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics in the state. The Supreme Court’s ruling reverses a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit…

ACLU of California Endorses SB 396 to Right Serious State Wrongs

  SACRAMENTO – Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of Proposition 187, the divisive initiative passed by California voters in 1994 that sought to deny many public services to undocumented immigrants. Most provisions of the unconstitutional law were…

SDPD, Addressing Police Misconduct, to Wear Body Cameras

  After months of scandal, we are pleased to hear that the San Diego Police Department is taking steps towards addressing police misconduct. As announced today, many of SDPD’s officers will now wear body cameras. While body cameras can do…

Sheriff Gore Will No Longer Comply with ICE Immigration Holds

  SAN DIEGO – In a surprising but welcome decision, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s office confirmed that effective immediately, immigration detainees will no longer be held in jail for extra time under unconstitutional immigration “hold” requests. The policy…

Radio Silence from Border Patrol on Use-of-Force Policies Leads to Lawsuit-UPDATED

*** UPDATE: CBP Releases Report, New Training Handbook 5/30/14 *** This morning, Customs and Border Protection officials announced the release of a revised use-of-force policy handbook and the Police Executive Research Forum report the San Diego ACLU had sued to…

San Diego ACLU Urges City Residents: Vote Yes on Props B&C

  The San Diego ACLU doesn’t often take a public stand on local propositions. But we support Props B & C because they seek to fix inequities in environmental justice that have fallen disproportionately on people who live in Barrio Logan. …

Líderes comunitarios molestos con falla del condado para proporcionar información vital en varios lenguajes durante tiempo de desastre

  SAN DIEGO – En vista de estos desastrosos incendios, es de gran importancia que todos los residentes del Condado de San Diego sean proporcionados información actualizada acerca de los incendios que están rugiendo por todo nuestro condado.  Organizaciones y…