With President Trump’s mass deportation machine kicking into high gear, immigrants in Marion County can rest a little easier under the terms of an agreement affirmed by a federal court last week. 

Under the agreement, Marion County Sheriff’s Department will stop imprisoning immigrants without probable cause or a warrant. Previously, Hoosiers such as our client Antonio Lopez-Aguilar were detained in jail and funneled into deportation proceedings solely on the basis of a “detainer request” from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
 
ICE uses these detainers – or immigration holds – to bully local authorities into imprisoning immigrants, many of whom have done nothing wrong, and funneling them into deportation proceedings. 
This raises serious constitutional concerns.
 
Depriving someone of their freedom without due process is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And in November 2014, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged “the increasing number of federal court decisions that hold that detainer-based detention by state and local law enforcement agencies violates the Fourth Amendment.”
 
In addition to violating immigrants’ basic constitutional rights, this kind of cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities also undermines public safety. If immigrants are reluctant to show up in court or report a crime out of fear they may be deported, everyone will be less safe.
 
That’s why the ACLU of Indiana successfully sued on Lopez-Aguilar’s behalf and reached an agreement with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department that will help protect due process rights – and slow down Trump’s mass deportation machine.
 
The agreement is a victory for all Hoosiers and a testament to the courage of our client. But there is still more work to be done to ensure local immigration agencies deliver on their commitment to protect and serve – not detain and deport.
 
The ACLU of Indiana will continue to defend the rights of Hoosiers and stop local police from getting entangled in the Trump-Pence administration’s deportation force.
 

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This past year has been a year of extremes. We have seen unprecedented assaults on our civil liberties, at every level of government.  Seemingly every morning we awake to a new norm shattered, another line crossed. And yet for every shock and step backward, we’ve seen an equal and opposite reaction in defense of our fundamental freedoms. From the millions of people who joined the ACLU for the first time to the thousands of people who rushed to airports across the nation (including Indianapolis) to protest President Trump’s Muslim Ban, this year has been a watershed for civic engagement in America.

The ACLU of Indiana—the 70,000 Hoosiers who receive our action alerts, our 14,000 card-carrying members, our staff, and our volunteers—has been proud to participate in this resurgence of democratic spirit.  Below you will find a link to this year’s Annual Report which details how, together, we are #resistance in 2017: the lawsuits we’ve filed to protect your rights from unconstitutional government actions, and the people-powered protests and movements you’ve created to demand that our government live up to the promises of the Constitution.

Everyone at the ACLU of Indiana—our lawyers, staff, and board of directors—is grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from across the state and across the nation. Every social media post you’ve shared, every dollar you’ve donated , and every call you’ve made to an elected official has made our work possible.  Thank You.

We promise the ACLU is and always will be right there in the fight with you.

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2017 SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL
SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
 
When: Wed. Nov. 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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Join us this November at the Spirit & Place Festival, as we host "Speaking Truth to Power." 
Now more than ever, democracy demands we understand our rights and responsibilities regarding free speech.  This event features Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, author Tamara Winfrey Harris, and poet Tatjana Rebelle. It is presented by the ACLU of Indiana, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, and Butler University Political Science Department.  
 
Tickets are free, but seating is limited.
 

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