Almost all of us are the offspring of immigrants to this country. Too often, however, the latest arrivals to our shore face widespread discrimination. When the government can deny legal rights to one group of people, everyone’s rights are at risk. The ACLU works to ensure that the fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection apply to every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or spoken language.
Immigration in the News
- Jun, 29, 2018: ICE Says it May Arrest And Detain Immigrants Showing up for Interviews to Change Legal Status
- Jun, 26, 2018: ACLU of RI Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Muslim Ban Decision
- Apr, 11, 2018: ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Immigrant Couples Torn Apart by ICE
Immigration Related Court Cases
2018: Calderon v. Nielsen
- Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Immigration
About This Case:
This is petition for writ of habeas corpus on behalf of ICE detainee Lilian Calderon, 30, a Rhode Islander and Guatemalan immigrant mother of two who came to the U.S. when she was 3.
In April, the ACLU filed a separate class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s pattern of separating married couples and families pursuing lawful immigration status. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Lilian Calderon.
On February 13, Lilian was released from ICE detention while her case is pending.
Adriana Lafaille, Matt Segal - ACLU of Massachusetts
- The Petition (February 2018)
- The Judge's Order (February 2018)
- Letter to Secretary Nielsen (February 2018)
- Additional Judge's Order (February 2018)
- Response to Application for Stay of Deportation (February 2018)
- Judge Wolf Order Requesting Info From ICE (February 2018)
2017: ACLU v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration Open Government
About This Case:
This is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans. Filed on behalf of six New England ACLU Affiliates, the lawsuit seeks records from the Boston field office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) related to CBP's implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans at T.F. Green, Bradley, Bangor, Burlington, Logan and Manchester airports.
Lawsuit filed in April 2017.
Zachary Heiden, Legal Director, ACLU of Maine
DACA Driver’s Licenses (H 7982B, S 2678A) PASSED
- Category: 2018 Immigrants' Rights
Over 1,200 DACA recipients live in Rhode Island and are directly affected by the President's repeal last year of the order establishing the DACA program, providing some protections to young people brought to this country while they were minors. In the absence of Congressional action, state officials have an essential role to protect Dreamers. As of now, when Dreamers lose their DACA protections, they will also lose their right to drive. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Shelby Maldonado (H 7982B) and Sen. Michael McCaffrey (S 2678A) sought to ensure otherwise, protecting their ability to drive legally. Read the ACLU's testimony on the bill here. The House and Senate each passed amended versions of this legislation, and Governor Raimondo signed it into law in June.