The ACLU works to ensure that all persons in our country, including both citizens and non-citizens, enjoy our Constitution’s fundamental guarantees of due process and equal protection. One problem with laws that target immigrants is that they have a racial disparate impact, because most immigrants are racial and ethnic minorities. In the 1970s, we successfully litigated to end a federal practice of detaining persons of Hispanic appearance on the grounds that they might be undocumented immigrants. In recent years, we have successfully lobbied against state laws that would have required state officials to enforce federal immigration laws. We also monitor efforts by state and local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws.
FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is seeking more information on how Trump administration officials are... Continue reading
We regret that Governor Bruce Rauner, in the wake of the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris, joined the backlash against Syrian refugees. These refugees – fleeing the horror and violence... Continue reading
The United States has a problem. We are addicted to incarceration. We lock up millions of our fellow citizens every year, at staggering financial cost. Now, in an unfortunate twist... Continue reading
Many Deported as “Recent Border Crossers” Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It
This piece originally ran on MSNBC.com. In an attempt to convince the public that its enforcement of immigration laws is fair and compassionate, the Department of Homeland Security emphasizes its supposedly... Continue reading
Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the... Continue reading