Immigrant Rights

Reform Is Needed


The ACLU believes immigration policies can be reformed and still respect civil liberties. To that end, the ACLU opposes any policies that include:

  • mandatory detention and/or deportation of anyone that an immigration officer thinks is an undocumented person;
  • requiring or encouraging local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws;
  • indefinitely detaining an undocumented person who can’t be returned to his/her home country of origin for political or other reasons;
  • removing constitutional due process protections and access to the courts for immigrants;
  • requiring employers to stand in the place of immigration agents by verifying worker eligibility using federal databases; or
  • requiring a biometric national ID.