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.



ACLU Wins Suit Over Individuals’ Right to Protest and Monitor Border Patrol Checkpoint Operations

SAN DIEGO – Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion siding with ACLU clients in a case involving the First Amendment right to protest and monitor law enforcement activities in public. After... Read More


ACLU Comment on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Repackage Failed Immigration Detainer Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2018 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 347-514-3984, [email protected] NEW YORK — Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),... Read More


ACLU Comment on Trump’s Reported ‘Shithole Countries’ Remark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2018 CONTACT: Gabriela Melendez, [email protected], 202-906-9605 WASHINGTON — President Trump reportedly opposed including protections for people from Haiti and African... Read More


Deported Marine Corps. Vet Marco Chavez Returns to U.S. Thursday

SAN DIEGO — Marco Chavez, who was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. was deported to Mexico because of a criminal record. But Gov. Jerry Brown, recognizing his military service, granted him a full pardon,... Read More

Local activists will join other DACA recipients to appeal to Congress for immediate action.

San Diego Dreamers Head to Washington to Push for Passage of the Dream Act

SAN DIEGO — Nine Dreamers from San Diego went to Washington, D.C. on Monday to  join with other DACA recipients from across the country to urge House and Senate lawmakers to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of... Read More