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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.
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News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
A routine bus trip home to his family became a nightmare for a man whom U.S. Border Patrol agents unlawfully detained for hours

The Rights of Transgender People in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Monday, June 18, 2018
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.

ACLU letter to Greyhound Bus

Document, Published: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
ACLU affiliates in ten states call for Greyhound Bus to demand a warrant before allowing CBP agents to do inspections on buses
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The ACLU of Washington and ACLU affiliates in California and eight other states sent a letter to Greyhound Lines Inc. to urge the company to change its policies and refuse U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) permission to conduct raids on buses without warrants.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, February 23, 2018
Hoy, la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles de Washington (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) entabló una demanda para defender el derecho a la libertad de expresión de un inmigrante detenido en el Centro de Detención del Noroeste (NWDC, por sus siglas en inglés) en Tacoma quien ha sido víctima de severas represalias por parte de las autoridades del NWDC por haber participado en una huelga de hambre en dicho centro.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
The ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are notifying law enforcement agencies in Washington about the settlement of a lawsuit in which the City of Spokane agreed to pay damages and attorneys’ fees to a man it unlawfully detained and held for immigration authorities after he was the victim of a car accident.