Immigrants' Rights

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 of Maryland is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against these groups.

 

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Recent Activity - Press room

ACLU Sues Governor Hogan For Facebook Censorship

News article, August 1, 2017

First Amendment Rights of Constituents Violated When Contrary Views Targeted for Censorship

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June 14: Rally for immigrants rights in Frederick

News article, June 14, 2017

Voices unite against anti-immigrant 287(g) program

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Muslim Ban Unconstitutional

News article, May 25, 2017

Victory for the rule of law and the future of our country

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear May 8 Arguments in Muslim Ban Challenge

News article, May 4, 2017

Federal Appeals Court to Hear May 8 Arguments in Muslim Ban Challenge

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Federal Court Rejects Attempt to Prevent Farmworkers, Maryland Legal Aid from Communicating Ruling Reinforces First Amendment Rights

News article, May 4, 2017

The ACLU of Maryland joins Maryland Legal Aid today in hailing the decision, which sets a vital precedent protecting the First Amendment freedoms of some of the most marginalized and vulnerable workers in our state, and those who advocate on their behalf.

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ACLU of Maryland Joins 41 Affiliates to Demand Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

News article, April 12, 2017

Trump administration cannot ignore the public's right to know

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Advocates Slam Maryland Senate Leadership for Failing Immigrant and Muslim Families

News article, April 11, 2017

Stand Ready to Protect Immigrants Against ICE

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Press Conference to Support Transparency in Police Misconduct Investigations

News article, February 8, 2017

Maryland Public Information Act now blocks transparency and accountability regarding police abuse and misconduct

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Groups File New Challenge to Trump Muslim Ban

News article, February 7, 2017

ACLU of Maryland proud to join the effort to defend the rights of immigrants and Muslims

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Regional ACLU Affiliates File FOIA on Trump's Immigration Ban

News article, February 3, 2017

FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated National Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates

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Judge Dismisses FOP suit seeking to block Civilian Review Board

News article, November 4, 2016

Police accountability advocates filed a brief challenging the FOP

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ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

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Report Outlines the Consequences of Maryland's Diversion Programs for Noncitizens

News article, October 11, 2016

Report finds guilty plea requirements lead to prolonged detention, deportation

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Police Secretly Put Large Part of Baltimore Under Constant Aerial Video Surveillance

News article, August 24, 2016

Technology Was Developed for U.S. Military in Iraq

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School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline

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Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

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REPORT: Excessive, Wrongheaded Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in Maryland

News article, August 4, 2016

Most Could Be Safely Released on Bond While Their Cases Progress

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Advocates Call on Mayor and Police Commissioner to Remove Barriers to Police Accountability

News article, July 21, 2016

Civilian oversight and transparency in police discipline needed

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ACLU Challenges Baltimore Police Union’s Attempt to Block Work of Civilian Review Board

News article, July 14, 2016

Brief urges Court to dismiss FOP case as frivolous and contrary to improving police-community relations

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ACLU Sues to Protect Access of Migrant Farmworkers to Legal Aid

News article, April 21, 2016

Expedited Review Sought to Lift Unconstitutional Montgomery County Police Order

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds President Obama's Visit to Baltimore Mosque

News article, February 3, 2016

Our state and nation are strengthened when we recognize our common humanity

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39 Maryland Groups Press Hogan to Change Syrian Refugee Policy

News article, November 24, 2015

Letter sent to Governor showing support for refugees

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ACLU Speaks out Against Governor Hogan's Call to Bar Syrian Refugees

News article, November 17, 2015

Governor's decision goes against our common humanity

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Mobile Justice Comes to Maryland

News article, November 13, 2015

ACLU Releases Phone App for Recording Police Encounters

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ACLU Comment on Closure of Decaying and Dangerous Jail Building in Baltimore

News article, July 30, 2015

Maryland must provide safe housing and adequate health care to detainees

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ACLU speaks out on President Obama's Immigration Announcements

News article, November 21, 2014

Executive Action Grants Temporary Reprieve from Deportation and Reforms Immigration Enforcement System

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ACLU Applauds Prince George's County for Ceasing to Honor ICE Holds Without a Warrant

News article, October 1, 2014

Calls on other Maryland counties to reform ICE detainer policies

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ACLU, CASA de Maryland Hail New Immigration Detainer Policy Issued by Governor O'Malley

News article, August 29, 2014

State-run Baltimore jail will stop honoring most ICE detainers

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Groups Thank Governor O'Malley for Leadership on Child Refugee Crisis

News article, July 22, 2014

Letter offers help in welcoming children to our state

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ACLU raises constitutional problem with detention centers

News article, June 10, 2014

Courts find holding individuals solely on immigration detainers raises Fourth Amendment concerns

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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Report: Immigration Detainers Undermine Public Safety Through Unnecessary Enforcement

News article, November 19, 2013

ACLU will support "Maryland TRUST Act" legislation in the 2014 Session

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ACLU, CASA Urge Police to Change ICE Warrant Policies

News article, September 26, 2013

Recent court ruling bans arrest by local law enforcement

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds Passage of Immigration Reform In Congress

News article, June 27, 2013

Group Thanks Sen. Cardin for Leadership in Attempting to Make the Bill More Just, Humane

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ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

News article, May 2, 2013

Legislation on Death Penalty Repeal, Drivers Licenses, and Same-Day Voter Registration

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ACLU Calls for Immigration Reform that Respects the Civil Rights of All

News article, April 19, 2013

Breakthrough legislation in need of improvement

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ACLU Files Information Requests on Immigration Detainers

News article, April 15, 2013

Group also seeks to educate corrections officials on civil liberties concerns with immigration detainers

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Drivers License Access for Immigrants

News article, April 5, 2013

ACLU hails the "Maryland Highway Safety Act"

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Drivers License Bill Approved by the Senate

News article, March 25, 2013

Bill would improve lives, public safety

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ACLU Advocates for Immigrants Rights Bills

News article, March 13, 2013

Group supports limited use drivers licenses and opposed E-Verify

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ACLU Supports Universal Access to Driver Licenses for Maryland Residents

News article, February 20, 2013

The ACLU strongly supports this much-needed proposal because of the fundamental importance of driver's licenses to public safety and to individuals' ability to perform the most essential daily tasks.

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Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Law Shows Maryland Was Right to Reject Anti-Immigrant Provisions

News article, June 25, 2012

Tide Has Already Turned in Maryland against "Show Me Your Papers"

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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ACLU Raises Concerns About the Legality, Vulnerability to Fraud of Maryland Online Petition System

News article, June 10, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Speaks Out in Support of Montgomery County Resolution Against Anti-Immigrant Program

News article, April 26, 2011

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ARCHIVE: ACLU defends U.S. citizen removed from flight for appearing Muslim

News article, June 4, 2010

In 2002, the ACLU represented a U.S. Citizen of Moroccan descent removed from airline flight because he appeared Muslim

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ARCHIVE: Statement of ACLU-MD client Hassan Sader

News article, June 4, 2010

Statement of ACLU of Maryland client Hassan Sader on being racially profiled and wrongfully removed from an airline flight

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