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

ACLU on Gov.’s Budget Proposal: Off to Good Start to Protect California’s Most Vulnerable

SACRAMENTO–In response to Governor Jerry Brown’s unveiling of his proposed 2017-18 budget, the American Civil Liberties Union of California’s Center for Advocacy and Policy issued the following statement on behalf... Read More


On Immigration, a Ray of Fairness Shines Bright in California

By Carmen IguinaThis week, California state lawmakers introduced three groundbreaking bills that could prevent thousands of immigrants from being torn from their families, communities, and the lives they built... Read More

Immigrant Rights

Immigrants’ Rights in Trump’s America: Know Them

Donald Trump's campaign promises and his victory last week have created deep anxiety among immigrants and our allies in California. Within the ACLU of California, many of us feel directly and personally affected by... Read More

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ACLU Statement on Donald Trump’s Election

By Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive DirectorThis morning, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, and the ACLU has a message for him.President-elect Trump, as you assume the... Read More

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Immigrant Rights

San Diego ACLU Condemns Anti-Muslim Assault

SAN DIEGO, CA — The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is outraged to learn that a young Muslim woman was assaulted and robbed in San Diego yesterday afternoon. The report that her attackers also made comments... Read More