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.

 

General

California School Districts Support Santa Clara County’s Challenge To Trump Executive Orders On Immigration

March 23, 2017 – Dozens of California school districts and leading education organizations today announced the filing of an amicus brief supporting Santa Clara County in its legal challenge to President Trump’s... Read More

General

In California, We the People Can Protect Our Values and Each Other

By Becca CramerCalifornia is known for being a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. And while we already have great laws in place,... Read More

Immigrant Rights

ACLU Statement on the California Chief Justice’s Demand that Immigrant Agents Steer Clear of Courts

Please attribute the following statement to Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights for the ACLU of California, following the request by the California Supreme Court chief justice to the Trump administration... Read More

News

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Challenging Months – Long Delays in Bringing Detained Immigrants, Asylum Seekers Before Judges

SAN DIEGO, CA – The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (“San Diego ACLU”), Fish & Richardson P.C., and the Law Offices of Leonard B. Simon P.C. filed a class action lawsuit in federal court yesterday... Read More

Immigrant Rights

Why the Only Way to Fix the Muslim Ban Is Not to Have a Muslim Ban

By Cody Wofsy, Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights ProjectToday President Trump signed a new Muslim ban. The new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around... Read More