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

  • 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.
  • Harrisburg School District’s Admissions Policy
    District’s admissions policy denied enrollment after the tenth day of school to students under eight, unless they could show previous enrollment at a similar kindergarten program.
  • Asali v. Trump
    On January 28, 2017, the Asali families – four adults and two children – landed at the Philadelphia airport on a flight from Qatar after receiving immigrant visas authorizing them to move to the United States. They planned to settle in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where U.S.– based family had purchased a home for them.

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