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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.

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News Release, Published: 
Friday, June 23, 2017
Ruling Hands Trump Administration Another Defeat on Immigration
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Washington State Bar Association becomes first statewide bar to speak out against ICE practices
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Friday, May 19, 2017
In America, people have a right to receive information from lawyers, and lawyers a right to give information to people in need of it. Unfortunately, our government has a long history of using professional regulations to clamp down on lawyers exercising this First Amendment right.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, May 12, 2017
An ACLU-WA brief backs the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s lawsuit challenging a Dept. of Justice effort to prevent NWIRP attorneys from providing legal aid to people in immigration court.  
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Show your support for immigrant communities! Download a poster and display it in your home or office.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The ACLU of Washington today joined ACLU affiliates in Montana and North Dakota in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans. The lawsuit is seeking records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s regional office. In particular, the lawsuit seeks records related to CBP’s implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans at SeaTac airport. Today’s action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country.

Washington State Attorney General's Immigration Enforcement Guidance

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Friday, April 7, 2017
This AGO guidance seeks to answer questions local agencies— including libraries, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and schools —may have about the impacts of changes to immigration laws and their discretion regarding participation in federal immigration enforcement.

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