Immigrants' Rights

The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every "person" and are not limited to citizens. The framers of those documents as well as the authors and ratifiers of post-Civil War amendments all understood the essential importance of protecting non-citizens against governmental abuse and discrimination.

Our nation has unquestioned authority to control its borders and to regulate immigration. But we must exercise the awesome power to exclude or deport immigrants consistent with the rule of law, the fundamental norms of humanity and the requirements of the Constitution.

Resources

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Legal Cases

  • Parker v. Beckley
    Federal lawsuit against a magisterial district judge and court officer in Cumberland County who illegally detained Alex Parker to summon and await federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to investigate his immigration status. Mr. Parker was before the judge to get married to his fiancée.
  • Martinez v. Doll et al.
    Gay man who has lived in the United States for 17 years has been held in ICE detention since January, when he attended a routine interview with USCIS
  • Open Records Request, Re: Local Law Enforcement Interest in Immigration Enforcement
    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for correspondence between local law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about participation in the 287(g) program
  • Bar Admission for Undocumented Law School Graduates
    Appeal from the denial of bar admission on behalf of an undocumented law school graduate with DACA status.
  • Balde v. Doll
    A federal lawsuit on behalf of a man who has been imprisoned in the York County Prison despite the U.S. government’s inability to deport him to his native Sierra Leone.

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