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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ACLU Comment on Trump Administration’s Possible New Travel Ban Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2017CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 212-284-7347, [email protected] YORK — The Trump administration is reportedly considering new travel ban restrictions.The... Read More