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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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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.

19 03, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Dismissal of State’s Anti-Refugee Lawsuit

2018-03-19T12:14:13+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Tennessee in an effort to block refugee resettlement in the state. ACLU-TN and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition had voiced opposition to the legislation that enabled the legislature to file the lawsuit.

23 02, 2018

Stop Tennessee from Becoming a “Show Me Your Papers” State

2018-02-23T15:14:10+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2332/HB 2315 would require all state and local law enforcement agencies to enter into 287(g) agreements with the federal government, prohibit any local policies that limit entanglement with federal immigration enforcement, and strip state funding from localities that do not comply.

1 02, 2018

Where are the Refugees? A Year After the Ban

2018-02-01T12:17:00+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 - It's been one year since Trump issued his first travel ban. Join ACLU-TN to learn more about the current state of the refugee resettlement program, the ongoing attacks on immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities, and what we can do to fight back.

12 12, 2017

The Vigil (Winter 2017)

2017-12-12T14:51:37+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU-TN Defends Religious Freedom in Jackson,” “Free Speech Victory for Woman Calling Out White Supremacy,” “Defending Free Speech and Drag Queens,” “Victory for Transgender Youth in Tennessee," "ACLU-TN Fights Seizure of Disabled Vet’s Car" and more.

1 11, 2017

The Vigil (Fall 2017)

2017-12-12T14:47:34+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “Voter Suppression in the Trump Era, Voting Rights Discussed at Annual Meeting,” “ACLU-TN Sues to Defend Refugee Resettlement,” “Taking on Tennessee’s Money Bail System,” “ACLU Defends Abortion Rights in Tennessee,” "White County’s Unconstitutional Inmate Sterilization Program" and more.