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.


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Immigrant Rights

Court Rejects Lawsuit to Force Governor to Halt ICE Transfers During Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2020 MEDIA CONTACT: ACLU SoCal Communications & Media Advocacy,, 626-755-4129 (cell) SACRAMENTO — The California Supreme Court today rejected a... Read More


Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction in MPP Suit, Rules Asylum Seekers Forced Into MPP Must Have Access to Lawyers for ‘Fear of Return to Mexico’ Interviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 15, 2020 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes ACLUF of San Diego & Imperial Counties 619-501-3408 SAN DIEGO – U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw on Tuesday... Read More


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