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.


Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Justice Never Sleeps… and Neither Do We (Kind of)

By: Natasha Minsker Updated October 3, 2018 California’s 2018 legislative session has ended, and we have some huge victories to celebrate! This year, California passed groundbreaking legislation to increase police... Read More


ACLU Comment on Family Reunification Deadline Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 212-284-7347 (office), 347-514-3984 (cell), [email protected] SAN DIEGO — Today is the court-mandated deadline for the Trump... Read More


ACLU Comment on Today’s Federal Court Family Reunification Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 212-284-7347, [email protected] SAN DIEGO — The American Civil Liberties Union was back in federal court today pushing for the... Read More


ACLU Comment on Trump Administration List of Children Under 5 Forcibly Separated from Parents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 347-514-3984, [email protected] SAN DIEGO — Under court order, the Trump administration provided a list of children under 5  that it... Read More


Federal Court Orders Reunification of Thousands of Parents and Children Torn Apart by Trump Family Separation Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 347-514-3984, [email protected] SAN DIEGO — A federal judge late tonight ordered the reunification of thousands of parents and children... Read More