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.



UPDATE: ICE Releases Pregnant Woman From Immigration Detention Facility

SAN DIEGO – In an unexpected turn of events, a pregnant woman being held at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility for more than a month was suddenly released Tuesday night. Maria Solis, an Oceanside mother of three young... Read More


There Is No Reason to Keep Pregnant Woman at Immigration Detention Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 11, 2017 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes [email protected] 619-398-4497  ACLU: There Is No Reason to Keep Pregnant Woman at Immigration Detention Facility ACLU of San Diego and... Read More

ACLU of California Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

[caption id="attachment_14723" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Today, President Trump broke our government’s promise, upending the lives of 800,000 young immigrants and their families, and injecting uncertainty into... Read More


California Needs to Stand with All Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Did you know that an estimated 8,300,000 Californians will experience physical assault, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes? While California has made significant strides to help make sure... Read More


Supreme Court to Hear Trump Muslim Ban Challenge

San Francisco, CA – The Supreme Court will review the challenge to President Trump’s Muslim ban, and will keep the ban from taking effect in the interim as to individuals who have a connection to the United... Read More