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Our Organizations

The American Civil Liberties Union

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach, the ACLU protects the rights and liberties of immigrants. For more than 25 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality. In addition, we have challenged constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including anti-immigrant “show me your papers” laws at the state level and unconstitutional enforcement tactics by the federal government and local agencies.


Immigrant Kids Keep Dying in CBP Detention Centers, and DHS Won’t Take Accountability
Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings
How Trump Weaponized the Government’s Refugee Resettlement Agency
The Young Center
for Immigrant
Children's Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects and advances the rights and best interests of immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

The Young Center’s goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.



Senator Lindsay Graham's Bill Harms Immigrant Children
Young Center's Testimony on Continued Family Separation
How You Can Help Immigrant Children on the Border Right Now


U.S. and international law give special protections to those seeking asylum from persecution and risk of death. Under U.S. law, anyone within the borders of the United States without authorization is legally eligible to apply for asylum within certain time limits. Under previous administrations, these asylum seekers have largely been permitted to live normal lives outside of custody while pursuing their asylum claims. However, the current administration has abandoned this precedent, instead choosing to detain asylum seekers in concentration camps with inhumane conditions, forcefully separating families, and denying due process to thousands of desperate migrants.
Under U.S. immigration law, unauthorized entry is a misdemeanor. Donald Trump is using that law to label asylum seekers and undocumented migrants as dangerous criminals, justifying his unprecedented policy of warrantless raids and mass deportations. Under this aggressive policy, thousands of families have been detained, separated from one another, and subject to inhumane conditions, leading to the deaths of at least 24 individuals.
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