Immigrant Rights

Immigrants have broad, constitutional rights

Combating Public and Private Discrimination of Immigrants

The ACLU has a long history of challenging the serious civil rights violations faced by immigrant communities. Here in San Diego, that work has been going since 1933.

Right now, our country is in the midst of a major debate over immigrants and their place in our economic and political life. As during other dark times in our history, immigrants are blamed for causing or contributing to the social, economic, and political ills of our society. Politicians from both major parties have promoted a range of punitive legislative proposals that single out immigrants for adverse treatment by the government. Many of these proposals violate basic civil liberties and civil rights principles.

The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status. When the government has the power to deny these basic rights to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk.

The ACLU is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants, and combating public and private discrimination against them.



ACLU Completes Publication of Thousands of Government Documents Related to Alleged Abuse and Neglect of Immigrant Children in CBP Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 15, 2019 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes 619-501-3408 SAN DIEGO – The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties... Read More


The Immigrant Rights Clinic, Over 40 Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Lawsuit Challenging “Operation Streamline”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2019 CONTACT: Jessica Rofé 212-992-7245 Edward Sifuentes (619) 501-3408 San Diego, CA: The New York University... Read More

SB 54 Victory: “The Court’s decision to uphold the California Values Act in its entirety is a major victory that makes it clear California stands with our immigrant neighbors, family members, and friends, regardless of where in the state they live.” Maria Romani Immigrants’ Rights Project Attorney ACLU Foundation of Northern California.

Federal Court Upholds SB 54, the CA Values Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2019   MEDIA CONTACT: ACLU SoCal Communications and Media Advisory,, 213-977-5252. SAN FRANCISCO —Today, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of... Read More

Immigrant Rights

San Diego Region Still Suffering Effects of Trump Administration’s Flawed, Inhumane Immigration Policies

By Edward Sifuentes SAN DIEGO – Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired by President Trump shortly after the midterm elections in November, but the effects of Sessions’ inhumane immigration policies are... Read More


ACLU Commends Newsom’s Funding Proposal for Emergency Services for Asylum Seekers at the Border

Press Contact: Edward Sifuentes, (619) 501-3408 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2019 SAN DIEGO–As San Diego County struggles to address a growing migrant shelter crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled... Read More