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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.


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 Notice to KY Jailers-Detainers May Violate Constitutional Rights

  • June 25, 2014
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

ACLU Alerts Kentucky Jailers About Immigration Detainers Explains that detainers provide no independent legal basis to jail individuals The ACLU of Kentucky sent written notice to Kentucky’s jailers June 25, 2014 explaining that recent federal decisions clarify that jailing individuals solely pursuant to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers may violate individuals’ civil rights because […]

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Civil Rights Supporters Asked to Join Anniversary March on Frankfort

  • January 24, 2014
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

  The Allied Organizations for Civil Rights (AOCR), which includes the ACLU of Kentucky, invites you to attend the 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort on March 5, 2014.  For more information visit the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website. Supporters of immigrants’ rights are also encouraged to participate.  View special flyers here and […]

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Know Your Rights Presentations at the Track

  • May 1, 2013
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

The ACLU of Kentucky has been spending some time on the backside of Churchill Downs this Kentucky Derby season! Our Kate Miller has been facilitating Know Your Rights Presentations for workers on the backside. The information she is presenting is available for download (in English and Spanish) in our online Immgrants’ Rights Resource Center.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  • April 19, 2013
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

Comprehensive Immigration Reform passes U.S. Senate by 68-32 vote.  Measure now advances to the House of Representatives. ACLU statement on the bill’s passage ACLU of KY Program Director Kate Miller (pictured below, center) participated in an Immigration Reform panel discussion with Senator Rand Paul in Lexington just before the Memorial Day Weekend.   Panelists were […]

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New Kentuckians @ The Capitol

  • February 26, 2013
  • Posted in Immigrants' Rights

Immigrants & Allies Gather in Frankfort for Immigration Advocacy Day Immigrants and their allies from across the state convened in Frankfort February 27, 2013 for “New Kentuckians at the Capitol” Immigration Advocacy Day. More than 150 people attended the event, organized and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. Click here for a […]

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