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Immigrants' Rights

The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every “person” and are not limited to citizens. The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the authors and ratifiers of post-Civil War amendments, all understood the essential importance of protecting non-citizens against governmental abuse and discrimination.

Our nation has unquestioned authority to control its borders and to regulate immigration. But we must exercise the awesome power to exclude or deport immigrants consistent with the rule of law, the fundamental norms of humanity and the requirements of the Constitution.

Upholding the rights of immigrants is important to us all. When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. Non-citizens are often the first and most vulnerable targets of government abuse.

On the local, state and Federal level the ACLU of Kentucky advocates for policies designed to protect and defend the civil liberties of all people including immigrants with and without their “papers.” The ACLU of Kentucky joins affiliates and likeminded allies from across the country in supporting Federal comprehensive immigration reform that respects the dignity of all people, and that includes an earned pathway to citizenship.

Resources

Know Your Rights: A Manual for Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants and Undocumented Individuals From the Louisville Bar Association, updated by the Hispanic Latino Coalition of Louisville, KY

 

The following resources come from other ACLU affiliates and organizations, and do not constitute legal advice.

ACLU of Kentucky Statement on Termination of DACA

  • September 5, 2017
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” who came to this country as children and know the United States as their only home. The following is a statement from Kate […]

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What To Do If DACA Ends

  • August 31, 2017
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

Important information if the Trump administration moves to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from our allies at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center Community Advisory What to Do if DACA Ends 8.28.17 SPAN Community Advisory What to Do if DACA Ends 8.28.17 ENG  

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ACLU Issues Texas ‘Travel Advisory’

  • May 9, 2017
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a “travel alert” May 9, 2017 informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement. The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. The law gives a green […]

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Know Your Rights-Immigration Raids

  • January 7, 2016
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

In light of recent reports of targeted ICE raids on Central American migrants, we offer Know Your Rights information for immigration raids in English and Spanish. The American Civil Liberties Union condemns Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement that the Obama administration will continue its raids targeting families who have come to the U.S. after […]

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WATCH: I AM A Kentuckian Video

  • November 2, 2015
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

I AM A Kentuckian was a series of 2015 lectures and events hosted by the ACLU of Kentucky in partnership with Define American. Jose Antonio Vargas visited Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Louisville to discuss our nation’s broken immigration policy through his personal story. Local DREAMers and immigration voices contributed […]

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Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American in KY Oct. 27-29

  • October 15, 2015
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

The ACLU of Kentucky is partnering with Define American, a media and culture organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America, to host four special I AM A Kentuckian storytelling events October 27-29. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Define American founder […]

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Hearing on Driving Certificates for Undocumented Kentuckians

  • March 4, 2015
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

The Kentucky House Transportation Committee held an informational hearing on HB 267, a measure that would allow Kentuckians, regardless of immigration status to take the written driver’s test and vision test, as well as register a vehicle with the state and purchase insurance. If you missed the hearing, you can watch a recording online here. […]

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Action on Immigration

  • November 20, 2014
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

President Barack Obama has announced new executive actions on immigration. Infographic of steps being taken to fix our broken immigration system. ACLU comment on the President’s actions.    

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ACLU of KY Calls on Prosecutors to Refuse Cooperation with ICE on Detainer Scheme

  • October 23, 2014
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

ICE proposal likely unethical, violation of individuals’ civil rights   On October 7th, the ACLU of Kentucky sent a letter to the Prosecutors Advisory Council alerting it to recent efforts by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to enlist the aid of prosecutors in combating the recent trend of jailers refusing to comply with immigration […]

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KACo Recommends Kentucky Jailers Refuse to Honor ICE Detainers

  • September 23, 2014
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

On Sept. 15th, the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) issued a memorandum to Kentucky’s jailers regarding the legality of detaining individuals solely on the basis of an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainer. KACo issued its memorandum after it “received inquiries” from various jailers about the issue after the ACLU of Kentucky sent a letter to all […]

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