Immigrant Rights

The ACLU has been one of the nation's leading advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices, countering the myths upon which many of these laws are based. The ACLU supports rights for all people within the United States and is committed to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens and to combating public and private discrimination against immigrants.

ACLU Asks Judge for Emergency Order to Stop ICE from Coercing Iraqi Detainees

ACLU Asks Judge for Emergency Order to Stop ICE from Coercing Iraqi Detainees

2018-06-14 00:00:00

DETROIT – The ACLU of Michigan has filed an emergency motion to protect Iraqis detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from illegal coercion and intimidation.  On behalf of detainees and their families, the ACLU is asking the court to stop threats and misinformation by ICE agents, intended to pressure long-time U.S. residents into agreeing to be deported.  Many detainees are from persecuted ethnic or religious minority groups.

ACLU Urges Greyhound to Stop Giving Customs and Border Protection Permission to Conduct Bus Raids

ACLU Urges Greyhound to Stop Giving Customs and Border Protection Permission to Conduct Bus Raids

2018-03-21 00:00:00

Greyhound buses, once a symbol of travel on America’s vast highways, have become rolling traps where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents routinely board to unlawfully interrogate, detain and arrest passengers.  

The agents, with the agreement of Greyhound, stage surprise boardings without warrants to question riders about their citizenship and travel plans. In many cases, all too reminiscent of police states, the agents demand to see a passenger’s “documents.”

From ICE raids to the State of the Union

From ICE raids to the State of the Union

2018-01-30 00:00:00

By Britanny Hamama

Tonight, my mom, Nahrain Hamama, is attending the State of the Union in Washington, DC, as a guest of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin.

When my mom told me, I couldn’t believe it. I asked, "The actual State of the Union?” 

I feel so thankful and overwhelmed that my family has not been forgotten, that the heartache and fear we have felt the past seven months matters. 

Federal Judge Grants Iraqi Nationals Release by Feb. 2 Unless Immigration Courts Find Clear and Convincing Evidence of Flight Risk or Public Safety Risk

Federal Judge Grants Iraqi Nationals Release by Feb. 2 Unless Immigration Courts Find Clear and Convincing Evidence of Flight Risk or Public Safety Risk

2018-01-03 00:00:00

A federal court today ruled that nearly 300 Iraqi nationals who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have an opportunity to be released. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that when Iraqis in the case have been detained for more than six months—as already nearly all of them have—they are entitled to go before an immigration judge and present evidence showing they should be released from detention.

ICE Continues to Detain Hundreds of Iraqis Despite Lack of Evidence of Flight Risk or Danger

ICE Continues to Detain Hundreds of Iraqis Despite Lack of Evidence of Flight Risk or Danger

2017-12-20 00:00:00

By: Monica Andrade, Skadden Fellow, and Bonsitu Kitaba-Gaviglio, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Michigan

“What did we do to deserve this?”

“If they’re being deported, why are they still in detention?  And how long will they be there?”

These are just some of the questions haunting hundreds of Iraqi families, whose loved ones have been held in immigration detention for months. Starting in June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement began conducting raids on Iraqi nationals with final orders of removal.

ACLU of Michigan on Termination of DACA

ACLU of Michigan on Termination of DACA

2017-09-05 00:00:00
The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” who came to this country as children and know the United States as their only home. 
 
The following is a statement from Kary L. Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, reacting to the White House:
 

Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration's Claim That Courts Have No Power to Review Deportation of Iraqis

Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration's Claim That Courts Have No Power to Review Deportation of Iraqis

2017-07-12 00:00:00

DETROIT – Last night, Judge Goldsmith ruled federal courts have jurisdiction to delay deportations of Iraqi nationals during a review of removal orders. 

“A huge sigh of relief was heard throughout the Iraqi-American community last night,” said Michael J. Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan. “As the judge recognized, immediate deportation is the equivalent of a death sentence for some Iraqi nationals. The judge’s ruling will provide more time for Iraqi nationals to prove to immigration court judges that they would be persecuted, tortured or killed if sent to Iraq.”

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The ACLU and immigrant-rights activists filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the agency’s failure...
July 06, 2016
Local police can best protect their communities if they have strong relationships with those communities.  Unfortunately, some police departments undermine...
February 29, 2016
When toxic, lead-laced water flowed through the pipes in Flint, immigrant families were among the most severely impacted.  Because public health information...
Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
March 13, 2015
The ACLU represented two Latino residents of Grand Rapids, Telma and Luis Valdez, who were detained and assaulted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs...
July 29, 2013
The Kent County Clerk’s office refuses to issue marriage licenses to individuals who do not have social security numbers unless the individual appears in...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
July 18, 2013
Until recently, undocumented students who were admitted to the University of Michigan were required to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they grew up in...
May 29, 2013
In 2012 the Michigan legislature passed a bill that would have required voters to check a box affirming their United States citizenship before they can receive...
February 05, 2013
In 2012, the Obama Administration announced that young immigrants who were brought by their parents to the United States as children and who attended American...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
DETROIT – Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. The Campaign for National...
June 14, 2018 Hamama, ICE, deportation
DETROIT – The ACLU of Michigan has filed an emergency motion to protect Iraqis detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from illegal coercion...
Greyhound buses, once a symbol of travel on America’s vast highways, have become rolling traps where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents routinely board...
A federal court today ruled that nearly 300 Iraqi nationals who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have an opportunity to be...
The American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations have filed a brief asking a federal court to order the release of Iraqi nationals who have been...
September 05, 2017 DACA, Dreamers, Immigrant Rights
The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a...
A federal court has again blocked the deportation of Iraqi nationals in the U.S. who could face persecution, torture, and death if returned to Iraq. Read the...
DETROIT – Last night, Judge Goldsmith ruled federal courts have jurisdiction to delay deportations of Iraqi nationals during a review of removal orders.  “A...
DETROIT—A federal judge this evening agreed to extend for two more weeks an order that prevents Immigration and Customs Enforcement from deporting Iraqi...
June 27, 2017 Immigration, Iraq, ICE, Due Process
The federal court that blocked the immediate deportation of Iraqi nationals in Michigan last week today extended its order nationwide.   Read the decision....
Update: On June 24, the ACLU of Michigan filed an amended complaint to turn the Michigan case into a nationwide class action on behalf of all Iraqi nationals...
The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit today to immediately stop federal immigration officials from deporting more than 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in raids...
Nearly 300 Michigan attorneys and 20 Michigan legal organizations, including the ACLU of Michigan, called Thursday for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...
As part of an ongoing attempt to expose the true intentions behind President Trump’s Muslim ban, the ACLU of Michigan, the Arab American Civil Rights League (...
DETROIT--The White House has refused to release a memo from a commission established by Rudolph Giuliani that was created with the express purpose of creating...
May 12, 2017 Donald Trump, Muslim Ban
In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on Thursday ordered...
DETROIT – The Arab-American Civil Rights League and the ACLU of Michigan have announced that they will continue their lawsuit challenging the Muslim ban after...
February 07, 2017 Immigrants, police, Know Your Rights
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This card provides tips for...
February 02, 2017 FOIA, Immigration, immigration ban
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a FOIA request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how...
UPDATE (11/22/16): Royal Oak Schools today issued the following statement denying allegations, as described in the ACLU letter, that a teacher asked an African...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, has issued a statement urging Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his recent decision to back away from a...
March 13, 2015
The ACLU represented two Latino residents of Grand Rapids, Telma and Luis Valdez, who were detained and assaulted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs...
March 05, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
July 26, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
The ACLU of Michigan has filed suit on behalf of a peaceful protester who was arrested under a law that doesn’t even exist, the ACLU and a conservative think...
July 19, 2013 Immigrant Rights
Yesterday, we Dreamers won a huge victory for equality in Michigan. The Regents of the University of Michigan voted to grant in-state tuition to all Michigan...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
January 18, 2013
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan Secretary of State to immediately begin issuing driver’s licenses and...
April 19, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a U.S...
October 20, 2011 Government Surveillance
NEW YORK – The FBI has been targeting American communities for investigation based on race, ethnicity, national origin and religion according to documents...
August 01, 2011 Racial Justice
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters to all Michigan jails today clarifying the...
May 27, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
Summer seems to have finally settled in just in time to soak up some sun in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza. This weekend, be sure to come out and show your...
March 11, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
In this week's Rights Review, we're standing against Arizona-style racial profiling in Michigan. Also, good news for teen lovers, Bigfoot, and the 2,000 people...
August 19, 2010
It was supposed to be an inspiring and eventful week for three students visiting Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum. They traveled from St. John’s University in...
February 06, 2009
Michigan communities are taking their place amongst localities leading the way towards adopting common sense approaches towards immigration policy. Recently...
February 13, 2008
LANSING –The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today in Ingham County Circuit Court challenging the Secretary of State’s unlawful...
November 16, 2007 Criminal Justice
Lansing — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today its opposition to a planned Michigan House Democrats legislative package that forces...
October 06, 2002
Detroit - A federal judge ruled today that an immigration court did violate the due process of Rabih Haddad when closing a portion of his bond hearing last...
August 26, 2002 Safe & Free
In a unanimous decision today, a federal appeals court struck down the government's blanket policy of conducting secret deportation hearings inpost-9/11 cases...
April 04, 2002
DETROIT – Freedom of speech and freedom of the press won out when a federal district judge ruled late today that it is unconstitutional to block public access...
April 10, 2002 - Press ReleaseThe transcripts to prior immigration hearings regarding Rabih Haddad remain out of the public’s reach, at least for the time...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This printable pocket guide provides...
DETROIT – Citing growing concerns over border patrol’s persistent targeting and ongoing detention of individuals at the border based on their race, ethnicity...
The Michigan ACLU announced today that pamphlets advising people about their rights when stopped or questioned by the FBI, police or INS officials are...