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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
Timeline of the Muslim Ban


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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

ACLU letter to Greyhound Bus

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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
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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.
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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.
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Refugee Joseph Doe, plaintiff in an ACLU of Washington suit challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, was finally able to hug his wife and three children last night, ending four years of painful separation.  The family was reunited at SeaTac airport after a federal court in December granted a nationwide injunction against a ban that would have indefinitely prevented children and spouses from any country from joining refugees like Doe, who have already been admitted to the U.S.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
On January 9, 2018, Gabriel Gomez and the City of Spokane reached a final settlement in a lawsuit Mr. Gomez filed last August over a police officer having unlawfully detained him after he was the victim of a car accident.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
In another rejection of the Trump Administration, the U.S. District Court in Seattle today denied a government motion to stay a nationwide Preliminary Injunction the Court issued on Dec. 24, 2017, against an administration policy that indefinitely barred certain refugees from entering the U.S. Previously, on January 5, the Court rejected a government motion to reconsider the Preliminary Injunction.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
The U.S. District Court in Seattle granted a nationwide injunction in response to the ACLU of Washington's motion for a Preliminary Injunction on behalf of a refugee living in Washington state who wants to be reunited with his wife and children.