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Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace stands behind our brothers and sisters in their struggle for citizenship.  We marched in solidarity and will continue to work for a fair and comprehensive immigration law.


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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Visits U.S. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Dr. Jorge Bustamante, is undertaking a country visit to the United States to review the conditions of migrants and immigrants in the country. The SR's official visit includes tours of the U.S.-Mexico border and immigrant detention facilities in Arizona, Texas and New Jersey. The ACLU is one of the organizations that will be meeting with the S.R. to testify against human rights violations of migrants in the U.S.
> Learn more about the Special Rapporteur's visit
> U.N. Independent Expert on Rights of Migrants Begins Fact-Finding Mission in United States (4/30/2007) (en Espaņol)


ACLU Challenges Illegal Detention of Children Held in Prison-Like Conditions

On March 6, the ACLU brought several lawsuits against Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on behalf of 10 children detained at the T. Don Hutto detention facility in Taylor, Texas. The lawsuit contends that the conditions inside Hutto violate numerous provisions of Flores v. Meese, a 1997 court settlement that established minimum standards and conditions for the housing and release of all minors in federal immigration custody. Learn more >>

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Immigrant Marches / Marchas de los Inmigrantes

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ACLU of Tampa board member Carol Mehlman talks about immigrants' rights
Air America's Rachel Maddow and MSNBC's Tucker Carlson discuss immigration

Every wave of immigration into the United States has faced fear and hostility, especially during times of economic hardship, political turmoil, or war:

  • in 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, one of our nation's first immigration laws, to keep out all people of Chinese origin
  • during the "Red Scare" of the 1920s, thousands of foreign-born people suspected of political radicalism were arrested and brutalized; many were deported without a hearing.
  • in 1942, 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent were interned in camps until the end of World War II.

It is true that the Constitution does not give foreigners the right to enter the U.S. But once here, it protects them from discrimination based on race and national origin and from arbitrary treatment by the government. Immigrants work and pay taxes; legal immigrants are subject to the military draft. Many immigrants have lived in this country for decades, married U.S. citizens, and raised their U.S.-citizen children. Laws that punish them violate their fundamental right to fair and equal treatment.