7 Primary Source Documents Related to Immigration and the ACLU

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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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