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

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

ACLU of California on Conference and Lobby Day

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


Updated Statement On The Shooting of Alfred Olango By an El Cajon Police Officer

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Tuesday, September 27, an El Cajon police officer fatally shot Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, after his sister asked the police to help him because of behavior connected to his mental illness.... Read More


 “Honorably Discharged then Dishonorably Deported”

SAN DIEGO – The injustice faced by hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S. military veterans who are being deported was the focus of a campaign announced today by a broad coalition of leaders including representatives of... Read More


Know Your Rights During Wildfires and Other Disasters

Fire season is upon us. At the moment, there are no fires in San Diego or Imperial County, but we are monitoring a fire in San Bernardino. Please watch our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. Our thoughts are with... Read More