7 Primary Source Documents Related to Immigration and the ACLU

Since its inception the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken part in some of the most contentious legal battles in American history. The ACLU has once again become a central figure in a contentious legal battle following their objections to the recent Executive Order restricting immigration from 7 countries. The ACLU has a long history of fighting restrictions on immigration they deem in violation of civil liberties. The documents below found in the American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 are several examples of the ACLU’s past involvement in issues surrounding immigration.

1. Deportation: Wheeler, Yoko

 

2. Immigration: Chinese Exclusion Laws; Correspondence, etc

3. Federal: Dangerous Aliens Immigration Bill

4. Immigration: Hungarian Refugees

5. Immigration: “Inadmissible Aliens”-General Restriction Issues

6. Immigration: Legislation: Quotas and Natural Origin

7. Department of Justice: President’s Commission on Immigration and Naturalization

 

 

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