Immigrant Rights

The ACLU has been one of the nation's leading advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices, countering the myths upon which many of these laws are based. The ACLU supports rights for all people within the United States and is committed to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens and to combating public and private discrimination against immigrants.

Know Your Rights When Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI

We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This printable pocket guide provides tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights.

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Marriage Rights for Immigrants

Marriage Rights for Immigrants

2013-07-29 00:00:00

The Kent County Clerk’s office refuses to issue marriage licenses to individuals who do not have social security numbers unless the individual appears in person to sign an affidavit.

In July 2013, a young Kent County woman tried to get a license to marry her fiancé who was being held in immigration detention. The clerk’s office refused to allow the marriage because the prospective husband could not physically appear in the clerk’s office to sign the affidavit.

Racial Profiling by ICE

Racial Profiling by ICE

2015-03-13 00:00:00

The ACLU represented two Latino residents of Grand Rapids, Telma and Luis Valdez, who were detained and assaulted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though Luis is a U.S. citizen and Thelma is a lawful permanent resident.

Tuition Equality for Undocumented Students

Tuition Equality for Undocumented Students

2013-07-18 00:00:00

Until recently, undocumented students who were admitted to the University of Michigan were required to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they grew up in Michigan and attended the public schools.

A student-led group called the Coalition for Tuition Equality had been lobbying the University of Michigan since 2011 to fix this injustice. Although there was support for tuition equality on the Board of Regents, some university officials expressed concern that federal law did not permit such a thing.

Driver’s Licenses for DREAMers

Driver’s Licenses for DREAMers

2013-02-05 00:00:00

In 2012, the Obama Administration announced that young immigrants who were brought by their parents to the United States as children and who attended American schools are now eligible to remain in the country and work here under a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Even though Michigan law says that all immigrants who are “legally present” are eligible for driver’s licenses, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson refused to issue licenses to DACA recipients.

ACLU of Michigan Legislative Docket: Immigration

ACLU of Michigan Legislative Docket: Immigration

2014-04-10 00:00:00

The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to civil liberties. Through traditional lobbying techniques lobbying, advocacy, and advocacy the legislative program seeks to advance and protect our civil liberties.

The ACLU of Michigan’s legislative program works on a breadth of issues. To give you an idea of what we’ve been up to, we have provided a brief summary, our position on the issue and where the bill is currently situation in the legislative process.

ACLU of Michigan Legislative Docket: Employment Discrimination

ACLU of Michigan Legislative Docket: Employment Discrimination

2014-04-10 00:00:00

The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to civil liberties. Through traditional lobbying techniques lobbying, advocacy, and advocacy the legislative program seeks to advance and protect our civil liberties.

The ACLU of Michigan’s legislative program works on a breadth of issues. To give you an idea of what we’ve been up to, we have provided a brief summary, our position on the issue and where the bill is currently situation in the legislative process.

Citizenship Checkbox at the Polls

Citizenship Checkbox at the Polls

2013-05-29 00:00:00

In 2012 the Michigan legislature passed a bill that would have required voters to check a box affirming their United States citizenship before they can receive a ballot. The measure made little sense because you must already be a U.S. citizen in order to register to vote. Voting rights advocates opposed the law, arguing that it was unnecessary, redundant, and could be used to intimidate some voters on the basis of race or language proficiency. Wisely, Governor Snyder vetoed the legislation.

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The ACLU and immigrant-rights activists filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the agency’s failure...
July 06, 2016
Local police can best protect their communities if they have strong relationships with those communities.  Unfortunately, some police departments undermine...
February 29, 2016
When toxic, lead-laced water flowed through the pipes in Flint, immigrant families were among the most severely impacted.  Because public health information...
Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
March 13, 2015
The ACLU represented two Latino residents of Grand Rapids, Telma and Luis Valdez, who were detained and assaulted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs...
July 29, 2013
The Kent County Clerk’s office refuses to issue marriage licenses to individuals who do not have social security numbers unless the individual appears in...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
July 18, 2013
Until recently, undocumented students who were admitted to the University of Michigan were required to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they grew up in...
May 29, 2013
In 2012 the Michigan legislature passed a bill that would have required voters to check a box affirming their United States citizenship before they can receive...
February 05, 2013
In 2012, the Obama Administration announced that young immigrants who were brought by their parents to the United States as children and who attended American...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
DETROIT – Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. The Campaign for National...
June 27, 2017 Immigration, Iraq, ICE, Due Process
The federal court that blocked the immediate deportation of Iraqi nationals in Michigan last week today extended its order nationwide.   Read the decision....
Update: On June 24, the ACLU of Michigan filed an amended complaint to turn the Michigan case into a nationwide class action on behalf of all Iraqi nationals...
The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit today to immediately stop federal immigration officials from deporting more than 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in raids...
Nearly 300 Michigan attorneys and 20 Michigan legal organizations, including the ACLU of Michigan, called Thursday for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...
As part of an ongoing attempt to expose the true intentions behind President Trump’s Muslim ban, the ACLU of Michigan, the Arab American Civil Rights League (...
DETROIT--The White House has refused to release a memo from a commission established by Rudolph Giuliani that was created with the express purpose of creating...
May 12, 2017 Donald Trump, Muslim Ban
In response to a recent joint lawsuit filed by the Arab American Civil Rights League, the ACLU of Michigan and others, a federal judge on Thursday ordered...
DETROIT – The Arab-American Civil Rights League and the ACLU of Michigan have announced that they will continue their lawsuit challenging the Muslim ban after...
February 07, 2017 Immigrants, police, Know Your Rights
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This card provides tips for...
February 02, 2017 FOIA, Immigration, immigration ban
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a FOIA request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how...
UPDATE (11/22/16): Royal Oak Schools today issued the following statement denying allegations, as described in the ACLU letter, that a teacher asked an African...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, has issued a statement urging Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his recent decision to back away from a...
March 13, 2015
The ACLU represented two Latino residents of Grand Rapids, Telma and Luis Valdez, who were detained and assaulted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs...
March 05, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
July 26, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
The ACLU of Michigan has filed suit on behalf of a peaceful protester who was arrested under a law that doesn’t even exist, the ACLU and a conservative think...
July 19, 2013 Immigrant Rights
Yesterday, we Dreamers won a huge victory for equality in Michigan. The Regents of the University of Michigan voted to grant in-state tuition to all Michigan...
July 18, 2013 Immigrant Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
January 18, 2013
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan Secretary of State to immediately begin issuing driver’s licenses and...
April 19, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a U.S...
October 20, 2011 Government Surveillance
NEW YORK – The FBI has been targeting American communities for investigation based on race, ethnicity, national origin and religion according to documents...
August 01, 2011 Racial Justice
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters to all Michigan jails today clarifying the...
May 27, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
Summer seems to have finally settled in just in time to soak up some sun in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza. This weekend, be sure to come out and show your...
March 11, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
In this week's Rights Review, we're standing against Arizona-style racial profiling in Michigan. Also, good news for teen lovers, Bigfoot, and the 2,000 people...
August 19, 2010
It was supposed to be an inspiring and eventful week for three students visiting Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum. They traveled from St. John’s University in...
February 06, 2009
Michigan communities are taking their place amongst localities leading the way towards adopting common sense approaches towards immigration policy. Recently...
February 13, 2008
LANSING –The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today in Ingham County Circuit Court challenging the Secretary of State’s unlawful...
November 16, 2007 Criminal Justice
Lansing — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today its opposition to a planned Michigan House Democrats legislative package that forces...
October 06, 2002
Detroit - A federal judge ruled today that an immigration court did violate the due process of Rabih Haddad when closing a portion of his bond hearing last...
August 26, 2002 Safe & Free
In a unanimous decision today, a federal appeals court struck down the government's blanket policy of conducting secret deportation hearings inpost-9/11 cases...
April 04, 2002
DETROIT – Freedom of speech and freedom of the press won out when a federal district judge ruled late today that it is unconstitutional to block public access...
The Michigan ACLU announced today that pamphlets advising people about their rights when stopped or questioned by the FBI, police or INS officials are...
April 10, 2002 - Press ReleaseThe transcripts to prior immigration hearings regarding Rabih Haddad remain out of the public’s reach, at least for the time...
In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of...
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This printable pocket guide provides...
DETROIT – Citing growing concerns over border patrol’s persistent targeting and ongoing detention of individuals at the border based on their race, ethnicity...