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Regardless of one’s views on U.S. immigration policy, the fundamental civil liberties protections of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution protect every person in this country—citizens and non-citizens alike. While the government can legitimately control its borders, the power to exclude and deport people must be exercised fairly and humanely, subject to our constitutional norms and consistent with U.S. obligations under international law.  ACLU-TN works to protect and promote the fair treatment of immigrants in our laws and institutions, and to combat discrimination against them.

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21 05, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of Mass Deportation Legislation

2018-05-21T11:08:42+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

Governor Haslam has allowed HB 2315, a bill that effectively turns all state and local law enforcement officers into unpaid immigration agents, to become law without his signature, despite the thousands of individuals from across the state and country calling on him to veto.

15 05, 2018

National Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter Urging Tennessee Governor to Veto Extreme Anti-Immigrant Bill

2018-05-15T16:17:42+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

Several national groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee to veto the mass deportation anti-immigrant bill HB 2315.

15 05, 2018

Constitutional Law Experts, Violence Survivors’ Advocates, Criminal Defense Attorneys Urge Governor to Veto Mass Deportation Bill

2018-05-15T16:02:50+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

Experts from across Tennessee in three fields – constitutional and immigration law, criminal defense, and domestic and sexual violence advocacy – each sent Governor Haslam a letter urging him to veto mass deportation bill HB 2315.

10 05, 2018

ACLU-TN and TIRRC Statements on State’s Appeal of Anti-Refugee Lawsuit

2018-05-10T12:03:36+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

Tennessee lawmakers filed an appeal in their lawsuit attempting to block refugee resettlement in the state, months after a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit on multiple grounds, including the TGA's lack of standing to bring the lawsuit and the state's failure to show that refugee resettlement in Tennessee violates the U.S. Constitution.

4 05, 2018

ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto Anti-Sanctuary Legislation

2018-05-04T14:46:32+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN today sent a letter to Governor Bill Haslam urging him to veto HB 2315, the bill that would effectively turn all local and state law enforcement officers into unpaid federal immigration agents.

25 04, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of Extreme Anti-Immigrant “Sanctuary City” Bill

2018-05-03T11:25:06+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

Tennessee legislators passed an extreme measure that, if signed by Governor Bill Haslam, would effectively turn all local and state law enforcement officers into unpaid federal immigration agents. The bill's passage comes despite pressure from ACLU-TN and other immigrants' rights organizations across the state to stop the legislation.

17 04, 2018

No More Deportations! No más Deportaciones! – Nashville Rally

2018-04-18T21:00:41+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Events|

April 19: On Thursday, April 19, immigrant families, faith leaders, educators, and organizers will be holding statewide actions against mass deportations tearing Tennessee families apart. The actions come on the two week anniversary of the largest worksite raid in over a decade in Morristown, Tennessee where 97 workers were arrested by immigration enforcement agents.

22 03, 2018

Representing Muslim and Middle Eastern Clients

2018-03-22T10:58:47+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events|

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - ACLU-TN will participate in a University of Tennessee College of Law CLE program that will help lawyers gain a better understanding of the needs of Muslim clients, particularly in civil rights and discrimination cases, in cases involving human trafficking, and with rights of domestic workers.