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The Constitution guarantees basic rights and freedoms to all people in America, not just U.S. citizens. Advocating fair treatment for non-citizens has been an important part of the ACLU’s work since its founding in 1920, when it opposed the summary arrest and deportation of Eastern European immigrants during the Palmer Raids.

ACLU-WA Challenges Ban on Travel by Students & Workers
Fight the Muslim Ban
ACLU-WA Files FOIA on Trump's Muslim Ban

Topic Resources

News Release, Published: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
We applaud the appeals court’s decision to leave in place the stay of the President’s Muslim travel ban
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
John Doe came to Seattle to pursue graduate studies and conduct research in Engineering at the University of Washington. Now he is a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in the Western District of Washington today challenging President Trump’s ban on travel by people from seven Muslim-majority nations.
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The ACLU of Washington today joined ACLU affiliates in Montana and North Dakota to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request with the regional U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) office to learn how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban.
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The ACLU of Washington submit a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the lawsuit filed in federal court by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Jan. 30 seeking to have key provisions of the President’s Executive Order on immigration declared unconstitutional.
Published: 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Serving the needs of all people in the community without regard to immigration status represents basic American values.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Federal Court Grants Class-Action Status in Challenge to Obama Administration
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Monday, June 20, 2016
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The Rights of Transgender People in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Friday, May 27, 2016
This brochure is designed to help transgender persons understand their legal rights in Washington State. It answers many common questions about practical legal issues encountered by transgender individuals.
Published: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In 2002, Alex Salas was a carpenter climbing scaffolding at a work site on a wet day in October when he slipped and fell more than 20 feet. He suffered 10 fractures and underwent 13 surgeries, and sued the contractor who was responsible for his injuries. At the first trial in 2006, the contractor was ruled negligent as a matter of law but the jury refused to award any damages to Mr. Salas. At a second trial that ended a few weeks ago, the jury awarded over $2.5 million in damages. Why the difference?
News Release, Published: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
A federal court today held that immigration judges in Washington state must consider releasing detained immigrants on conditions of supervision instead of requiring a money bond.

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