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

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

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Immigrant Rights

San Diego ACLU Seeks Public Records Related to ECPD Officer’s Shooting of Alfred Olango

SAN DIEGO, CA – In response to community concerns about the conduct of law enforcement leading up to and in the aftermath of the killing of Alfred Olango, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties sent public... Read More

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Making Things More Fair in CA, One Bill at a Time

[caption id="attachment_14302" align="alignnone" width="640"] ACLU of California on Conference and Lobby Day[/caption] OUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS California now has some of the strongest protections against policing... Read More