The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status.

When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.

Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach, the ACLU protects the rights and liberties of immigrants.

About the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

They face unprecedented challenges, but with the help of supporters, they’re fighting back:

  • Challenging the Muslim ban. They’ve beaten this ban in the lower courts, and now are fighting this xenophobic executive order to prove once again, that it is unconstitutional – no matter how many times the administration tries to amend it.
  • Continuing to fight anti-immigrant legislation in Texas that would compel local governments to engage in federal immigration enforcement practices.
  • Petitioning Congress in Washington to pass a clean, bipartisan Dream Act immediately.
  • With lawyers and advocates on the ground in all 50 states ready to protect and defend immigrants and communities of color.

Your support makes it possible for the ACLU to defend the rights of the most vulnerable. Donate to the ACLU today and help defend people's rights and freedoms whenever and wherever they are threatened.

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41 million

There are 41 million immigrants in the United States

83 percent

In 2013, 83 percent of people deported from the United States were not given a hearing before a judge

$1.84 billion

The United States spends $1.84 billion detaining immigrants