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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: 
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

Document, Published: 
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.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Five individuals and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have joined the ACLU of Washington suit challenging the Executive Order on Immigration. The ACLU says that the revised Order signed by Donald Trump on March 6, 2017 is still an unconstitutional ban on Muslims.
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.

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