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.
| By Tara Atterberry | When I was a little girl in Rockwood, Michigan, I spent hours poring over the family photos and documents my grandmother stored in her bottom bureau drawer. I never tired of going through the old photos; handwritten family trees; and birth, marriage, and death certificates. On this side of the … Read more