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 of San Diego & Imperial Counties Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2017CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes [email protected] 619-398-4497ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump... Read More

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California Could Soon Disentangle Itself from Trump’s Mass Deportations

By Jennie PasquarellaTwo weeks ago, in Mendota, California, Esperanza, a mother of two young children, was driving to church when local police pulled her over for having tinted windows.  The officer issued... Read More

ACLU Conference & Lobby Day attendees making their voices heard at the State Capitol
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ACLU Applauds California Bills to Reject Muslim Registry & Protect Immigrants from Mass Deportations

SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Senate approved three key measures to protect and advance the civil liberties and rights of California’s immigrant and Muslim communities. Natasha Minsker, Director with the ACLU of... Read More

ACLU Conference & Lobby Day attendees making their voices heard at the State Capitol
Immigrant Rights

ACLU Rallies for Freedom and Justice for All at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO–Today, the ACLU of California hosted its annual rally and lobby day to promote legislation that will reform California’s unfair money bail system, protect immigrants from mass deportations, and stop... Read More

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California School Districts Support Santa Clara County’s Challenge To Trump Executive Orders On Immigration

March 23, 2017 – Dozens of California school districts and leading education organizations today announced the filing of an amicus brief supporting Santa Clara County in its legal challenge to President Trump’s... Read More