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 Court For Release of Haitian Asylum Seeker Who Has Been Jailed For More Than Two Years in Windowless Cell
Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appeared before U.S District Judge Judith Levy and argued that U.S. immigration authorities immediately release Haitian asylum seeker Ansly Damus, who sought asylum after a gang beat him and threatened his life for criticizing a political leader.
U.S. District Court Orders Release of Iraqi Detainees
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith to order the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all Iraqis within 30 days.
Hamama v. Adducci: Secret Documents Released
The following contains the secret documents that U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ordered released in October 2018, following the ACLU of Michigan's motion to release them. These unsealed documents show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lied in order to keep more than 100 Iraqi nationals, and long-time U.S. residents, illegally detained.
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Hamama v. Adducci
The ACLU sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement in June 2017 on behalf of Iraqi residents and their families in the U.S., after ICE agents arrested more than 100 Iraqi nationals without warning — including many who came to the U.S. as children and who’ve lived in the U.S. for decades — in raids throughout Metro Detroit.
ACLU and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Say Calhoun County Jail Should Allow In-Person Visits for Immigration Detainees
In a letter sent today to the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the ACLU of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) called on the agency to require the Calhoun County Jail to allow in-person visits for immigration detainees.
At issue are the civil rights of immigration detainees being held in anticipation of deportation, and who may never see their families again. The detainees are currently being held at Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek, under a contract with DHS.
Community Organizations, Separated Families and ACLU of Michigan Challenge Latest Version of Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban
Michigan-based Arab American community organizations, families separated by President Trump’s Muslim ban and the ACLU of Michigan renewed their challenge to the ban today in Arab American Civil Rights League v Trump.
ICE Lied to Court to Keep Iraqi Detainees Locked Up, ACLU Says; Asks Court to Release Detainees and Open Secret ICE Documents
The American Civil Liberties Union asked the U.S. District Court in Detroit to release over 100 Iraqi nationals who have been illegally detained by U.S. immigration authorities, most for more than a year. The ACLU is also requesting sanctions against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for misleading the court; and to unseal secret documents that show ICE’s prior statements to the court were false.
ACLU Wins Emergency Order from U.S. District Court Preventing Harassment of Iraqi Detainees
Attorneys Can Visit Clients; ICE Will Tell Detainees They Can’t Be Deported for Refusing to Go to Iraq
DETROIT – U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith today issued an emergency order granting immediate relief to Iraqi detainees. The order prohibits harassment by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intended to pressure long-time U.S. residents into agreeing to be deported.
ACLU Asks Judge for Emergency Order to Stop ICE from Coercing Iraqi Detainees
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.