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.


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


ACLU Responds to Second Migrant Child Death in CBP Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 26, 2018CONTACT: Micah McCoy, (972) 740-6675 or ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today the ACLU of New Mexico responded to the tragic death of another immigrant child... Read More

Immigrant Rights

After Their Traumatizing Journey, Asylum-Seeking Families Should Not Be Abandoned to Suffer On Our Streets

[caption id="attachment_15487" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties speaking at a November 19th event at the Saint Jude Shrine of the... Read More


ACLU Responds to Reports CBP is Using Tear Gas Against Migrants at the Border

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2018 CONTACT: Mia Jacobs, 201-919-0333, WASHINGTON — Reports released today indicate that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are using tear gas... Read More