ACLU on Immigration



Birthright citizenship is protected by the 14th amendment

Trump is planning on issuing an executive order that would revoke birthright citizenship. An historian explained that guaranteeing automatic citizenship was the intention of the men who drafted the 14th amendment: "Read the debate in the US Senate, Jan. 30, 1866. The framers clarified that children born in the U.S. were citizens regardless of the immigration status of their parents. They even understood this to be true for children whose parents would then have been racially ineligible for citizenship, such as the Chinese."

The ACLU has spoken out against Trump's proposed executive order. "The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment's citizenship guarantee is clear," the director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project said in a statement. "This is a transparent and blatantly unconstitutional attempt to sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms."

Source: Salon.com on 2018 Trump Administration, "Birthright" , Oct 30, 2018

Muslim ban cannot be reworked to be constitutional

On the Muslim ban: [The Trump administration's original January 2017 executive order reduces to 50,000 the annual number of refugees allowed from 7 Muslim countries, and zero from Syria. The March 2017 order replaced the list of 7 countries with Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, & Yemen, for 90 days]. The director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project had this reaction:

"The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban. Instead, Pres. Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people. The changes the Trump administration has made completely undermine the bogus national security justifications the president has tried to hide behind. and only strengthen the case against his unconstitutional executive orders."

Source: ACLU 2017 voting records of Trump Administration , Mar 6, 2017

No-Fly list against Muslims is unconstitutional

Muslim communities in the U.S. have faced a disturbing wave of bigotry and outright hostility, including vicious rhetoric from presidential candidates. Some of the issues we've specifically focused on include:
Source: ACLU 2015-16 voting recommendation on Muslim Ban , Nov 14, 2014

Let DREAMers join military, whether legal or not

The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school.

The US has dropped from first in the world in our number of college graduates to ninth, which has had a dramatic impact on our country's economy. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Source: ACLU 2015-16 voting recommendation on DREAMers , Jun 28, 2011

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