Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the rights of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.
Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, had this reaction to restrictive sanctuary cities order,
"President Trump is threatening to punish localities for establishing constitutional safeguards and for protecting the public safety of their entire community. He may hope that local officials will buckle under his threats, but they have been preparing to defend their policies and we will stand with them in court."
The ACLU provided legal analysis of the anti-immigration proposals touted by then-candidate Trump. It concluded those proposals were illegal, unconstitutional, and could lead to mass violations of civil liberties and rights.
A number of elected officials in Indiana have stated their intent to protect the legal and constitutional rights of immigrants in their communities. Those communities include Indianapolis, Bloomington, and South Bend. We urge individuals who are concerned about their rights and the rights of the friends, family and neighbors to thank the leaders of the those communities and to urge the elected leaders of other communities to adopt a similar stance.
Here are model rules and policies for local law enforcement that protect those rights.
March 30, 2016
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied the State of Indiana's request to stay her Feb. 29 ruling granting a preliminary injunction to Exodus Refugee Immigration, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, to stop Gov. Mike Pence from denying settlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.
The following statement can be attributed to Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director:
"We are pleased that Judge Pratt has recognized that the State of Indiana has no role in banning a group of refugees based solely upon their nationality. The Governor's position offends federal law, the U.S. Constitution, and our fundamental American values of providing refuge for families fleeing war and violence."
On November 23, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, filed suit against Governor Mike Pence and the secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to stop attempts by the governor to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, claiming the governor's actions violate the United States Constitution and federal law. On December 2, we filed a memorandum in support of our motion for preliminary injunction.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014
WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama will announce a package of executive actions that could temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Below are preliminary thoughts from ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:
"The ACLU supports the President for taking necessary action to restore some fairness to our broken immigration system, and to place limits on the devastating deportation machine that has torn apart countless families for too long. Now, millions of people, who have lived under the daily threat of deportation for years, can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Victor Jimenez is a naturalized United States citizen. After being arrested late in the evening on August 28, 2010, Jimenez was taken into custody in Indianapolis. He was eligible for bail almost immediately, but he wasn't released because on August 29, federal immigration agents issued an immigration detainer, which meant Jimenez was to be held pending possible deportation.