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Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Activists described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. continue reading »

Special Driver’s Licenses for Non-citizens to be Offered in North Carolina

The ACLU of North Carolina on Thursday criticized the plan by the state's Department of Transportation to issue special driver's licenses to legal immigrants who are not U.S. citizens. continue reading »

ACLU Criticizes Arizona for Denying Driver’s Licenses to Deferred Action Recipients

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to deny driver's licenses to young undocumented immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action has drawn criticism from the ACLU, which says the move shows a failure to grasp the subtleties of immigration law. continue reading »

ACLU INFOGRAPHIC - What’s At Stake: SB 1070 at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld SB 1070’s notorious “show me your papers” provision, deciding that it is not preempted by federal law. This provision has been blocked by lower courts in Arizona and other copycat states until now. Discriminatory laws like SB 1070 invite racial profiling of Latinos and others who may look or sound “foreign,” including many U.S. citizens who have lived in America their entire lives. continue reading »

ACLU Alleges Extensive Abuse by U.S. Border Patrol

The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. continue reading »

House Passes Amendment That Blocks DOJ’s Ability to Challenge Anti-Immigrant Laws

Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives pushed through an amendment that would cut off the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ability to bring new challenges or join existing challenges to nine specific state racial profiling, anti-immigrant laws. continue reading »

ACLU Wants Court to Strike Down ALL of Fremont, Nebraska’s Immigration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska announced Tuesday that it will appeal the decision of a federal judge to overturn only some parts of an anti-immigrant municipal ordinance adopted by the city of Fremont. continue reading »

ACLU Charges Chicago Minority Neighborhoods Have Less Police Protection

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) and a Chicago neighborhood organization have filed suit against the City of Chicago alleging minority neighborhoods receive less police protection versus white neighborhood. continue reading »

ACLU Sues Over Shackling of Non-Violent Immigration Detainees

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers' Committee), and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) filed a class action suit on behalf of adult immigration detainees, all of whom appear in immigration court shackled at the wrists, waist, and ankles, regardless of their history or capacity for disruption. continue reading »

Racial Profiling Laws Yield Data but Few Changes

Eight years ago, Illinois began requiring police departments, including the state police force, to keep track of traffic stops to see whether their officers practiced racial profiling—stopping black or Hispanic motorists more often than whites because of their skin color. continue reading »

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Puerto Rican Govt Detention Center for Girls - Alleging Abuse

The ACLU learned of the abuse through interviews with girls at the facility, but the investigation was halted when staff at the detention center stopped the questioning and refused to allow the research team to return. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Police Chief Resigns as Island’s Violence Rises

Following a record number of homicides in Puerto Rico, the island’s police chief, Jose Figueroa Sancha, resigned Saturday. Gov. Luis Fortuño’s administration said Col. Jose Luis Rivera will be serving as interim police chief. continue reading »

ACLU Charges FL Foreclosure Courts Depriving Hispanics & Blacks Opportunity to Save Home

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a petition in a Florida appellate court charging that the foreclosure court system in Lee County systematically denies homeowners a fair opportunity to defend their homes against foreclosure. The special “mass foreclosure docket” continue reading »

ACLU Asks Justice Department To Intervene In Serious Human Rights Abuses In Puerto Rico

Letter Cites Allegations Of Extreme Police Misconduct And Suppression Of Free Speech continue reading »

Court Rules Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Violated Detainees Rights

In Arizona, Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found, by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to be violating the constitutional rights of his detainees by holding them in overcrowded and dangerous conditions, and feeding them inadequate and often moldy food. continue reading »

Nebraska Supreme Court to Answer Immigration Law Question

Late Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled on briefs from the ACLU of Nebraska and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund’s (MALDEF) lawsuit against Fremont’s ban on hiring and renting to undocumented immigrants, believing it is not legal by state law. continue reading »