Immigration Issues The ACLU of Rhode Island is Involved With - Court Cases, Legislation, News Releases


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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

  • Oct, 24, 2017: South Kingstown Enacts Comprehensive Ordinance to Protect Immigrants in the Community
  • Sep, 08, 2017: “Time for Action, Not Words” on DACA, Say 17 Immigrant Rights Organizations to Government Officials
  • Sep, 05, 2017: ACLU of RI Statement on Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

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Immigration Related Court Cases

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.

Current Status:
Lawsuit filed in April 2017.

ACLU Attorney:
Zachary Heiden, Legal Director, ACLU of Maine

Supporting Documents
2012: Morales v. Chadbourne
Category: Active Case    Discrimination    Racial/Ethnic Discrimination    Due Process    Immigration    

About This Case:
This is a lawsuit on behalf of Ada Morales, a North Providence resident who has twice been detained as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen. The lawsuit alleges that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and Rhode Island officials often bypass Constitutional requirements and safeguards when they detain individuals on immigration grounds.

Current Status:
In August 2017, the ACLU of RI settled this lawsuit on behalf of Ada Morales.

ACLU Attorneys:
Mark Freel, Erika Lindberg, Omar Jadwat, Kate Desormeau

Supporting Documents

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