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Immigrant Rights

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.

A federal court ruling has spurred Washington counties to stop holding immigrants in jail past the time they are eligible for release. The ACLU-WA and the NW Immigrant Rights Project are urging all counties and cities to follow suit.

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