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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.
Court says government must do more to reunite refugee families
April 10th is Dolores Huerta Day. Dolores Huerta championed the rights of farm workers and women.
Timeline of the Muslim Ban
Ruling hands Trump Administration another defeat: Court allows lawsuit challenging Trump's "extreme vetting" program to proceed as a class-action


Monday, February 10, 2020
When President Trump announced that the U.S. would no longer be accepting refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations in March 2017, Jeffrey Doe was forlorn. The SeaTac airport worker had already waited years to be reunited with his parents and siblings, Somali refugees living in a refugee camp in Kenya.
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Monday, February 10, 2020
Settlement of ACLU-WA lawsuit makes reunification possible for hundreds of families
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Thanks to the Keep Washington Working Act, it is now unlawful for Washington’s law enforcement to do the work of federal immigration authorities.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Washington man illegally detained by Border Patrol at Spokane’s Greyhound bus station sues the agency for damages

The Rights of Transgender People in Washington State

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Keep Washington Working Act (Senate Bill 5497) enhances public safety and promotes fairness to immigrants and protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Mohanad Elshieky, a professional comedian who lives in Portland, Oregon, filed an administrative complaint today against the Border Patrol after Border Patrol officers in Spokane, WA, pulled him off of a bus during a layover at the Greyhound Bus Station in the Spokane Intermodal Center.