Immigration Issues The ACLU of Rhode Island is Involved With - Court Cases, Legislation, News Releases


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Almost all of us are the offspring of immigrants to this country. Too often, however, the latest arrivals to our shore face widespread discrimination. When the government can deny legal rights to one group of people, everyone’s rights are at risk.  The ACLU works to ensure that the fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection apply to every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or spoken language.

Immigration in the News

  • Nov, 26, 2019: ACLU Court Brief Supports Challenge To Extradition Of Man Likely To Be Tortured If Deported
  • Nov, 14, 2019: ACLU Files Brief Challenging Federal Immigration Mandates on Receipt of Law Enforcement Funds
  • Sep, 18, 2019: Court Orders Federal Government to Release Man Likely to Be Tortured If Returned to His Country

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Immigration Related Court Cases

2019: Providence v. Barr
Category: Active Case    Discrimination    Racial/Ethnic Discrimination    Immigration    Police Practices    

About this Case:
This is a “friend of the court” brief, filed by the ACLU, in support of a legal challenge brought by the cities of Providence and Central Falls to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policy conditioning the receipt of federal law enforcement funds on municipal collaboration with immigration officials.

Current Status:
Brief filed in November 2019.

Cody Wofsy, Nicholas Trott Long

Supporting Documents
2019: Aguasvivas v. Pompeo
Category: Active Case    Criminal Justice    Fair Administration of Justice    Immigration    

About this Case:
This is a “friend of the court” brief filed in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island in an important immigration case in which the federal government is claiming that a person who will likely be tortured if he is extradited back to his home country cannot rely on that fact to prevent his return to that country.

Current Status:
Brief filed in May 2019.

Roberto Gonzalez, Cody Wofsy

Supporting Documents

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