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.



Deported Army Veteran Hector Barajas Granted U.S. Citizenship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2018 MEDIA CONTACTS: ACLU SoCal Communications & Media Advocacy, 213-977-5252, 626-755-4129 [email protected] ACLU San Diego, 619-501-3408... Read More


ACLU: Greyhound Must Stop Giving Border Patrol Permission to Conduct Bus Raids

Greyhound buses, once a symbol of travel on America’s vast highways, have become rolling traps where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents routinely board to unlawfully interrogate, detain and arrest... Read More


Asylum-Seeking Mother and Daughter Reunited After ACLU Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 347-514-3984, [email protected] CHICAGO — The Congolese mother and her 7-year-old daughter at the center of a family separation case that... Read More


Trump Administration Releases Asylum-Seeking Mother Following ACLU Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 347-514-3984, [email protected] NEW YORK — Just days after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit to reunite an... Read More


ACLU of California Statement On Trump Administration’s Lawsuit Against California Over Its Pro-Immigrant Legislation

Los Angeles – Please attribute the following statement to Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants’ rights for the ACLU of California, in regards to the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the State of... Read More