Immigration civil rights

Immigrant advantage Published: January 30, 2012

Immigrants who are considered members of ethnic groups already residing within the United States often have advantages over native-born members of those groups.

Helsinki Watch Published: January 11, 2012

Helsinki Watch was a U.S.- based group made up of private citizens devoted to monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Final Act, an international agreement signed in 1975 by thirty-five countries pledging to respect basic human and civil rights.

Hampton v. Mow Sun Wong Published: December 21, 2011

The Hampton decision took an expansive view of noncitizens’ right to public employment and severely restricted the extent to which the federal government and federal agencies might refuse to employ noncitizens.

Graham v. Richardson Published: December 19, 2011

The Richardson decision was the first in a series of rulings that struck down discriminatory state laws denying public benefits to noncitizens.

Foley v. Connelie Published: November 28, 2011

Upholding a state law that discriminated against aliens, the Supreme Court in the Foley decision departed from a previous decision based on strict scrutiny, thereby making it much more likely that similar policies would be upheld.

U.S. Constitution Published: September 27, 2011

As the fundamental law of the United States, the U.S. Constitution empowers the U.S. Congress to pass federal immigration and citizenship laws providing such laws do not violate the provisions of the Constitution itself, particularly those included in the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Published: September 27, 2011

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is a federal commission tasked with protecting the civil rights of all people residing in the United States.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Published: September 26, 2011

Since its creation, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has worked as an immigrant advocacy group with Southern California’s Los Angeles County.

Civil Rights movement Published: September 26, 2011

The U.S. government’s policies regarding immigration have historically reflected prevailing racial and cultural biases held by Americans with the most power. 

Citizenship Published: September 26, 2011

Under the U.S. Constitution and laws of the United States, the status of citizenship entitles possessors, whether native born or naturalized, to all established civil rights and also includes the duty of rendering allegiance to the country.

Chicano movement Published: September 7, 2011

Similar to other movements of this period promoting civil rights, the Chicano movement made society aware of the injustices suffered by Mexican Americans in the United States and spurred social change.

Bernal v. Fainter Published: June 29, 2011
Striking down a state law prohibiting aliens from working as notary publics, the Bernal decision asserted that laws discriminating against resident aliens must be assessed according to the demanding standard of strict scrutiny...
Assimilation theories Published: June 22, 2011
Assimilation theories prevailing at different times are barometers of the political and socioeconomic environments experienced by immigrants.
Asakura v. City of Seattle Published: June 9, 2011
The Asakura ruling provided a relatively liberal interpretation of treaties with foreign countries that guarantee the civil rights of their citizens residing in the United States.
Anti-Semitism Published: June 6, 2011
Except for isolated instances, most notably the lynching of Leo Frank in Georgia in 1915...
Affirmative action Published: May 17, 2011
The convergence of affirmative action policy and mass immigration into the United States from Latin America and Asia has had some unintended consequences.
Plyler v. Doe (1982) Published: February 24, 2011
In its 1982 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the state of Texas had failed to support sufficiently its case for the legitimate right of the state to deny education to illegal immigrants.
Korematsu v. United States (1944) Published: February 22, 2011
In a controversial 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Fred Korematsu, a U.S. citizen of Japanese descent, was guilty of violating a military ban on Japanese residence in various areas of California, pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order 9066.
Japanese internment, World War II Published: February 21, 2011
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians were widely suspected as supporters of the aggressive militarism of the Japanese Empire.
Graham v. Richardson (1971) Published: February 14, 2011
According to this U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1971, the classification of “alien” is suspect under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Fourteenth Amendment (United States) (1868) Published: February 13, 2011
Proposed in 1865 and ratified in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States defined citizenship to include former slaves and to protect them from violations of their civil rights.
Civil Rights Act (United States) (1964) Published: February 9, 2011
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to discriminate in employment or the use of public facilities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.
B’nai B’rith (Children of the Covenant) Published: February 6, 2011
B’nai B’rith is the largest Jewish service organization in the world, with 500,000 members in some 58 countries.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Published: January 20, 2011
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a branch of the Jewish service organization B’NAI B’RITH, is committed to fighting racial prejudice and bigotry.