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 | In 1732 at just 22 years old, Johann Friderich Shutz arrived in Pennsylvania alone – without any family or friends – after a long journey by sea from Neckarbischofsheim, Germany. Johann was my 6th great-grandfather, the first German ancestor on my dad’s paternal family line to immigrate to America, and … Read more