Immigrants' Rights

Legislative and administrative advocacy

Blueprint for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Since 1974, AALDEF has represented Asian immigrant families and workers of all backgrounds. We believe that U.S. immigration laws must close the ever-widening gap in substantive and procedural rights between immigrant Americans and U.S.-born Americans, respect the rights of all workers, and maintain family reunification as a core value. We urge members of Congress to adhere to human rights principles in guiding the current debate on comprehensive immigration reform.

AALDEF adopts the following policy recommendations to promote fair and humane immigration policies >>

Response to Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill S.744
In April 2013, a bipartisan group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight released an immigration reform bill to overhaul current immigration laws. This overhaul in immigration policy coupled with increased emphasis and funding on border enforcement does not respond to the realities faced by Asian American communities, particularly low-wage workers and immigrant families. In response, AALDEF identifies key target areas for revisions to the newly released Senate bill. Read the revisions.

Litigation and cases

Lowcountry Immigration Coalition v. Haley
South Carolina immigration enforcement bill SB 20 requires state police officers to check the immigration status of any stopped persons about whose immigration status the officer has "reasonable suspicion" -- effectively requiring them to discriminate on the unconstitutional bases of race and national or ethnic origin. AALDEF has joined other civil rights organizations in signing an amicus brief to prevent SB 20 from taking effect. Read our press release and download the amicus brief here.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Bentley
Alabama's anti-immigrant law, considered the harshest in the nation, allows police officers to stop persons "suspected" of being undocumented immigrants and criminalizes giving an undocumented person a ride to a church or hospital. AALDEF and other civil rights groups filed an amicus brief to stop its enforcement. Read the court documents at the National Immigration Law Center website.


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