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.



 “Honorably Discharged then Dishonorably Deported”

SAN DIEGO – The injustice faced by hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S. military veterans who are being deported was the focus of a campaign announced today by a broad coalition of leaders including representatives of... Read More


Know Your Rights During Wildfires and Other Disasters

Fire season is upon us. At the moment, there are no fires in San Diego or Imperial County, but we are monitoring a fire in San Bernardino. Please watch our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. Our thoughts are with... Read More


CBP Settles Lawsuit with ACLU Client Who Endured Invasive Cavity Searches

 HOUSTON – Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to... Read More

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ACLU Report Details How U.S. Failed Deported Vets

SAN DIEGO – The federal government’s failure to help naturalize immigrants serving in the U.S. military has led to the deportation of untold numbers of veterans, all of whom were entitled to become citizens because... Read More


Thousands of Kids Now Covered in Lawsuit over Lack of Legal Representation in Immigration Proceedings

SEATTLE — A federal court has granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the federal government's failure to provide children in immigration court with lawyers in their deportation hearings.... Read More