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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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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.

31 10, 2017

ACLU-TN to Honor Journalist Dwight Lewis with Lifetime Achievement Award

2017-11-02T13:29:57+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will honor Dwight Lewis with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s fundraiser, The Constitution Uncorked. ACLU-TN will also present the Benjamin S. Pressnell Bill of Rights Award to Cesar Bautista, Jazmin Ramirez and Zacnité Vargas, who have dedicated themselves to fighting for the rights of DACA recipients in Tennessee.

26 10, 2017

ACLU-TN Statement on White Supremacist Rallies in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro

2017-10-27T16:25:52+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

The ACLU of Tennessee forcefully condemns racism, bigotry and hate in all forms, especially the ideology of white supremacists that continues to plague our nation, reflecting our country’s history of slavery and racial violence.

20 10, 2017

Free Know Your Rights and Legal Resource Training for Faith Leaders

2017-10-20T12:02:44+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Events|

Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission presents Free Know Your Rights and Legal Resource Training for Faith Leaders Friday, October 20, 2016 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Islamic Center [...]

18 10, 2017

We All Belong Statewide Vigil: Chattanooga, Knoxville & Nashville

2017-10-20T12:19:42+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Events|

On October 18th, the day Muslim Ban 3.0 was set to go into effect before a federal judge halted it, join the ACLU of TN, AMAC-TN and TIRRC for a series of statewide vigils to say #NoMuslimBanEver and #RefugeesWelcome.