Issue: Protecting Voting Rights

Take a stand to protect your most precious civil right! Visit the ACRU's site ProtectYourVote.us — the most comprehensive, easy-to-use website about voting. With a single click, you can find out what your state laws require, get the latest news on vote fraud and prevention efforts, and find out how you can help protect your vote in November. Click here and get involved!

The ACRU supports legal immigration but opposes illegal immigration. The Constitution's Article I, Section 8, gives Congress authority over immigration; the Constitution's 10th Amendment allows states and cities to act when Congress fails to do so. Existing laws on immigration should be enforced at the state and federal level. Existing laws to build a fence on our Southern border, like the very successful one below San Diego, should be carried out as quickly as possible. The ACRU opposes the efforts of the ACLU to water down, or strike down, laws intended to assure that only Americans vote in American elections.

Law Review

ACRU Court Activity

ACRU Sues Texas County Over Voting Roll Violations

SANDERSON, TX (Jan. 28, 2014) - The American Civil Rights Union has sued a Texas county for having more registered voters than age-eligible residents. The suit marks the first legal action following the ACRU's sending letters to 15 Texas counties...

ACRU Wins Second Historic Election Integrity Consent Decree

Another Mississippi county agrees to take dead people, felons and double-registered individuals off its voter rolls. HATTIESBURG, MS (Oct. 21, 2013) -- Officials in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi have signed a consent decree agreeing to clean up voter rolls in...

ACRU Wins Historic Election Integrity Consent Decree

Mississippi county agrees to take the dead, felons and the double-registered off its voter rolls. HATTIESBURG, MS (Sept. 4, 2013) — Officials in Walthall County, Mississippi, were sued in April by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) under the National...

ACRU Sues Two Mississippi Counties over Voter Rolls

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 26, 2013) -- On behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an injunction to compel election...

ACRU Files Brief Protecting Integrity of Elections

Dec. 17, 2012 -- The American Civil Rights Union filed a brief on Dec. 14 at the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. The Intertribal Council of Arizona in support of Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires prospective voters to...

Indiana Voting Rights

In 2005, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation, signed by the Governor, to counter voter fraud by generally requiring those voting in person at the polls to identify themselves with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver's license...

News & Commentary

03/21/14: ACRU Applauds Ruling on Citizenship for Voting

"It's refreshing when a federal judge cites the Constitution as it was written, not in a way that distorts it to create an opposite meaning," says ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2014) ---- In a victory...

01/28/14: ACRU Sues Texas County Over Voting Roll Violations

SANDERSON, TX (Jan. 28, 2014) - The American Civil Rights Union has sued a Texas county for having more registered voters than age-eligible residents. The suit marks the first legal action following the ACRU's sending letters to 15 Texas counties...

11/ 1/13: ACRU Warns Arizona County Of Voting Law Violations

"Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud," said J. Christian Adams, American Civil Rights Union Policy board member. WASHINGTON D.C. (November 1, 2013) -- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) sent a notice to Apache County, Arizona officials...

10/30/13: ACRU Warns Alabama Counties They Are Violating Voting Law

"Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud," says former D.O.J. prosecutor Christian Adams. WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) -- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has sent notices to numerous Alabama counties that they are in violation of...

10/29/13: ACRU Warns Kentucky Counties over Voting Law Violations

"Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud," said J. Christian Adams, American Civil Rights Union Policy board member. WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 29, 2013) -- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has put numerous Kentucky counties on notice that...

10/28/13: The ACRU Takes its Battle for Clean County Voter Rolls into Texas

10/23/13: ACRU Warns Virginia County to Clean Up Voter Rolls

Group sends letter citing Chesterfield County's refusal to abide by state effort, and federal judge's ruling, to follow Motor Voter law. ALEXANDRIA, VA (Oct. 22, 2013) - The American Civil Rights Union sent a letter today to Chesterfield County, Virginia...

10/21/13: ACRU Wins Second Historic Election Integrity Consent Decree

Another Mississippi county agrees to take dead people, felons and double-registered individuals off its voter rolls. HATTIESBURG, MS (Oct. 21, 2013) -- Officials in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi have signed a consent decree agreeing to clean up voter rolls in...

10/21/13: Virginia Governor Pats Self on Back for Helping Felons Vote

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on October 18, 2013 on the PJ Media website. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is doing all he can to make sure Virginia Republicans lose statewide election next month....

10/15/13: Jimmy Carter's Change of Heart

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 13 on The Washington Times website. With the media giving 24/7 coverage to the federal shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff, other important news is slipping under the radar. For instance,...

09/17/13: ACRU Sends Motor Voter Act Violation Notices to Texas Counties

WASHINGTON D.C. (Sept. 18, 2013) -- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has put numerous Texas counties on notice that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than...

09/ 4/13: ACRU Wins Historic Election Integrity Consent Decree

Mississippi county agrees to take the dead, felons and the double-registered off its voter rolls. HATTIESBURG, MS (Sept. 4, 2013) — Officials in Walthall County, Mississippi, were sued in April by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) under the National...

08/30/13: Somali Immigrants Charged with Illegal Double Voting in Minnesota

This item by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was posted on August 28, 2013 on the Election Law Center website. The following is an excerpt from an article published in the Faribault Daily News: About 50 men and...

08/30/13: Meet the Radical DOJ Lawyers Suing Texas over Voter ID

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on August 27, 2013 on The PJ Tatler website. Hans von Spakovsky tears apart the merits of the complaint the Department of Justice Voting Section has filed to...

07/26/13: Holder Declares War on Texas, Ignores Supreme Court

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published July 25, 2013 on Breitbart.com. Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a war against Texas, and in doing so is defying the Supreme Court of the United States. The...

07/25/13: Breaking: Holder Tries to Re-grab Texas, Announces Nationwide Attack on Election Integrity

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on June 25, 2013 on the PJ Media website. Two important developments this morning. First: Attorney General Eric Holder will announce that the Justice Department will initiate broad...

06/27/13: Reconfirming the Constitution

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Welfare Reform (CCWR) Peter Ferrara was published June 26, 2013 on The American Spectator website. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act bans any "standard, practice,...

06/25/13: Court Ruling Clears Way for Anti-Vote-Fraud Laws

ACRU cheers U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of outmoded sections of the Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today in Shelby County v. Holder, the way is cleared for more states to adopt...

06/24/13: J. Christian Adams on KOA-AM Radio

ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams appeared on KOA-AM Denver on the Mike Rosen Show to discuss important election issues including Arizona v. The Intertribal Council of Arizona, voter fraud, and cleaning up the voter rolls. flowplayer("player", "/Scripts/Flowplayer/flowplayer-3.1.5.swf", {plugins:{audio:{url:'/Scripts/Flowplayer/flowplayer.audio-3.1.2.swf'}}});...

06/21/13: Conservative Battle Plan after SCOTUS' AZ Election Law Ruling

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 20, 2013 on Breitbart.com. Conservatives are launching a multi-track strategy in the wake of the Supreme Court's major election law case this week. As Breitbart News reported Monday,...

06/18/13: Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on June 17, 2013 on the PJ Media website. Something perverse happened after the Supreme Court's decision today invalidating citizenship-verification requirements in Arizona for registrants who use the...

06/18/13: States Can't Require Proof of Citizenship to Vote in Federal Elections

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 17, 2013 on Breitbart.com. The Supreme Court ruled today in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council that federal law does not allow states the option of requiring voters to...

05/ 2/13: Voter Fraud Lawsuits Filed in Two Mississippi Counties

This column by Kerry Picket was published May 1, 2013 on Breitbart.com. Two Mississippi counties are facing lawsuits filed by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) that seek injunctions to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis and Walthall Counties to...

05/ 1/13: Justice Department Failure: Suit Filed Over DOJ Refusal to Clean Up Voter Rolls

This column by Senior Legal Fellow for The Heritage Foundation Hans A. von Spakovsky was published April 30, 2013 on the PJ Media website. The American Civil Rights Union wants local election officials to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi....

04/29/13: An Electoral-Reform Tsunami

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published April 29, 2013 on The Washington Times website. Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. That's good...

04/26/13: ACRU Sues Two Mississippi Counties over Voter Rolls

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 26, 2013) -- On behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an injunction to compel election...

03/ 4/13: The Creeping Federal Takeover of Local Elections

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on March 4, 2013 on The Washington Times website. President Obama's State of the Union address last month provided the latest national crisis to be solved by Washington,...

02/24/13: Virginia Judge Blocks Voter ID Advocate from Electoral Board

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published on February 22, 2013 on Breitbart.com. In Virginia, the Fairfax Democratic Party is gloating over the effective removal of voter integrity advocate Hans von Spakovsky from the electoral...

12/17/12: The Left's Ongoing Assault on Election Integrity

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 14, 2012 on The Washington Times website. If you think the left is resting on its laurels after Barack Obama's re-election and the Democrats' retention of the U.S. Senate,...

12/14/12: ACRU Brief Supports Arizona's Citizenship Law for Voting in Federal Elections

(Alexandria, VA) - The American Civil Rights Union filed a brief today with the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. The Intertribal Council of Arizona in support of Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires prospective voters to provide satisfactory evidence...

11/26/12: Democracy and Majority Rule

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published November 21, 2012 on Townhall.com. President Barack Obama narrowly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in the popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. In...

11/26/12: Left Likes Fuzzy Math on Election Day

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published November 23, 2012 on The Washington Times website. Pawing through the ashes of Mitt Romney's defeat, it's clear that if the Republican Party wants to compete nationally, it has to...

11/13/12: Supreme Court to Hear Constitutional Challenge to Voting Rights Act

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published on November 9, 2012 on Breitbart.com. Early next year, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on a constitutional challenge to one of the most powerful provisions in federal law,...

11/ 5/12: Faithful Flexing Muscles before Election Day

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published November 2, 2012 on The Washington Times website. Economic issues seem to be dominating the 2012 campaign, but a quiet electoral revolution is brewing. The "religious vote" is on the...

10/29/12: ACRU Asks Holder to Investigate Connecticut Mayor's Comments

On October 12th, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch was caught on tape arguably boasting that he would guarantee U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy however many Bridgeport votes it took for Murphy to win the election in November. On Oct. 24,...

10/29/12: Vote Suppression, Real and Imagined

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 26, 2012 on The Washington Times website. Did you know that the uberclean United Nations, whose blue-helmeted troops have been charged with everything from rape to theft in Third...

10/ 1/12: Conservative Veterans of Voting Wars Cite Ballot Integrity to Justify Fight

This column by Eliza Newlin Carney was published September 26, 2012 on the Roll Call website. Call them the voter fraud brain trust. A cadre of influential Washington, D.C., election lawyers has mobilized a sophisticated anti-fraud campaign built around lawsuits,...

10/ 1/12: Suppressing the Vote

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published September 28, 2012 on The Washington Times website. During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations. Servicemen wrote...

09/14/12: Specter of Fraud Haunts November Election

National Photo Voter ID Law Needed, ACRU Says "Requiring all voters in a national election to show identification at the polls is a common-sense measure to prevent fraud and corruption." -- former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III WASHINGTON, D.C....

08/20/12: Political Cartoon from the ACRU

Americans "vote" for marriage and constitutional rights by eating "mor chikin."...

08/17/12: ACRU Asks Governors to Rethink Photo ID Vetoes

On July 25, 2012, the ACRU sent letters to four governors who vetoed legislation requiring photo voter IDs in order to deter vote fraud, asking them to rethink their opposition to these common-sense laws. ACRU policy board members former U.S....

08/ 7/12: ACRU's Meese, Blackwell, Carleson Urge Governors to Rethink Voter ID Law Vetoes

Letter Calls "Suppress the Minority Vote" Allegations "Utter Nonsense" JULY 25, 2012 -- The American Civil Rights Union today is sending letters to four of five governors who vetoed legislation requiring photo voter IDs in order to deter vote fraud....

07/23/12: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published July 20, 2012 on The Washington Times website. At the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that Gopher State people aren't smart enough...

06/26/12: Keep America Free, Mr. Eric Holder

Join the ACRU's Ballot Box Rebellion at ProtectYourVote.us today!...

05/21/12: Kansas Leads Way Against Ballot Fraud

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published May 18, 2012 on The Washington Times website. Kansas is one of those schizophrenic states that produce movers and shakers on both sides of the aisle, plus a lot of...

04/25/12: Stealing Our Elections

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published April 25, 2012 on The American Spectator website. Columnist David Limbaugh, brother of Rush, asks in a recent column,...

04/12/12: Obama Administration Launching War Against Voter ID Laws?

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell appeared on April 11, 2012 on Lou Dobbs Tonight discussing the political motivations behind the Administration's fight against voter identification laws. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com...

03/23/12: Meese Rightly Moves to Protect Our Votes

This column by Quin Hillyer was published March 21, 2012 on the Center for Individual Freedom website. The political right is right about vote fraud. The left has left all decency in the rearview mirror. Former U.S. Attorney General Ed...

03/22/12: Holder's 'All-Out War' on Voter IDs Is Obama Re-election Tool

This column by Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter interviews ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and was published March 22, 2012 on Newsmax.com. Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell tells Newsmax that the Obama administration has "launched an all-out war...

03/22/12: Protect Your Vote! ACRU Launches Campaign to Prevent Vote Fraud

"ProtectYourVote.us is a powerful new tool for citizens to use to ensure that fair and honest elections are held this November. All Americans have a stake in protecting our election process. Without confidence in the system, we cannot continue to...

03/21/12: Voter ID Laws Protect the Integrity of the Ballot Box

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 21, 2012 on The Huffington Post website. Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy. Laws requiring voters...

03/13/12: Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 13, 2012 on The Daily Caller website. The far left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states' efforts to protect...

02/21/12: Voter Fraud in This Life and the Next

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published February 20, 2012 in The Washington Times. Did you know that according to a new Pew study, more than 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote? And that leading...

01/17/12: Judge Says Virginia Ballot Rules Are Unconstitutional, but Rules against GOP Candidates Anyway

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 17, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website. A federal judge declared that Virginia's rules keeping Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum off Virginia's March 6 presidential primary...

01/16/12: The Left's War on Voter Fraud Reform

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published January 16, 2012 on The American Thinker website. Pretty soon, the right to cast a meaningful vote might be just a memory. The issue at hand is ensuring that American...

01/10/12: Texas Case Suggests Court May Overhaul Voting Rights

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 9, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday that lower federal courts cannot redraw state-approved election district...

01/ 2/12: Hawkeye Hoopla and the Rueful Paul Reality

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published January 2, 2012 on the American Thinker website. My New Year's resolution is never hearing the words "Iowa caucuses" ever again. The ceaseless and breathless media reporting about which...

12/30/11: The Other Voting Right: Protecting Every Citizen's Vote by Safeguarding the Integrity of the Ballot Box

There is a saying that "people get the government they vote for." The implication of the maxim is that if undesirable or unwise legislation is enacted, if executive branch officials are inept or ineffective, or if the government is beset...

10/24/11: The Left's War on Legal Immigration and Voter Integrity

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 24, 2011 in The Washington Times. On Oct. 14, a federal judge blocked key portions of Alabama's new immigration law after several groups, including the Obama Justice Department and...

08/29/11: Obama's War on the Secret Ballot

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute was published August 28, 2011 on The Huffington Post. The Obama Administration has fired its opening salvo against a cornerstone of democracy: the right to...

05/15/11: Throw Out the Bums Before Election Day

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published May 13, 2011 on The Washington Times website. In Wymore, Neb., voters got fed up with a councilman who kept leaving meetings. So, on Tuesday, they voted him out in...

08/ 3/10: Jan LaRue: Obama's Stealth Amnesty Express

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote this column appearing August 2, 2010, on TownHall.com. Amnesty is on the horizon. Open and transparent government be damned--full speed ahead. Barack Obama is throwing overboard his commitment to "an unprecedented level...

07/30/10: Ken Klukowski: Three Silver Linings in the Bad Arizona Court Decision

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing July 29, 2010, on BigGovernment.com. Wednesday's federal court decision on Arizona's immigration law is being rightly criticized for a number of reasons. But there are three silver linings to this...

04/27/10: ACLU Makes False Attack on New Arizona Law

The ACLU is already cranking up to challenge the new Arizona law about illegal aliens in that state on the ground that it has "racial discrimination" and violates "civil rights" in the US. Reading the text of the law shows...

03/31/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Border Murder Highlights Administration's Failure

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on March 31, 2010. The tragic murder of a Good Samaritan rancher in Arizona has people yelling for an effective response to...

07/27/09: ACLU Supports ACORN, Voter Fraud

The ACLU has filed suit in Pennsylvania in defense of ACORN for a declaration that a law there is unconstitutional for preventing the kind of voter fraud which is a hallmark of ACORN efforts nationally. In short, the ACLU claims...

06/10/09: ACLU Loses Effort to Keep Non-Americans on Voter Rolls

The Supreme Court has rejected the ACLU appeal of a Circuit Court decision upholding the Georgia Voter ID law. This law requires new voters to present documentation to show they are both citizens and residents. The ACLU attacked this law,...

07/ 2/08: Sanctuary Insanity in San Francisco

It is perhaps not surprising that San Francisco has provided the ultimate example in civic madness of where the concept of "sanctuary city" can lead. After being caught flying "juvenile" drug dealers back to their home countries accompanied by city...

04/29/08: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDIANA VOTER ID LAW

The Supreme Court ruled today 6-3 in favor of the Indiana Voter ID law which requires registered voters to present a valid form of identification when they go to the polls.

02/25/08: Children Killed and Stolen From, Thanks to the ACLU

Four school children were killed in Minnesota, when a women driving a van apparently ran a stop sign, struck and overturned a school bus. The woman had no drivers license, gave an apparent false name, and admitted that she was...

11/ 2/07: Oklahoma Law on Illegal Immigration Stands

Oklahoma passed a law to discourage businesses in that state from hiring illegal aliens, and property owners from renting to illegal aliens, similar to laws passed in Hazleton, Penn., and Farmers Branch, Tex. But in Oklahoma, the federal judge considering...

09/29/07: John Armor: Anchor Babies, Away

The Constitution is simple, short and easy to read. There is no excuse for any reporter to write about it, without reading it. The latest example is an article about anchor babies in the Orlando Sentinel today (29 September) by...

09/27/07: You Can Run over a Child in Massachusetts

On September 26th, Antonio Montenegro ran over a child on a bicycle in a crosswalk, in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Montenegro is an illegal immigrant who has been driving without a license for eight years. Onlookers forced him to stop when he ran over 12-year-old Zachary Titus, who was on his bicycle..

09/24/07: John Armor: Judging the Judges, and the Reporters

On 24 September, the New York Times published an article on the decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which approved the Indiana voter ID law in January, in a divided decision. The losing plaintiffs asked the...

09/ 7/07: ACLU Settles One Alien Case, Allies File Another

The ACLU has settled one case against Homeland Security concerning a holding facility in Texas for whole families of illegal aliens. At the same time, one of the largest, most left-wing unions in the US files a new suit against...

08/29/07: Attorney General of New Jersey Fronts for the ACLU

The Attorney General of New Jersey has joined with the US Attorney for that state, to tell the Mayor of Morristown that his police should not check the immigration status of most of the people they question and arrest. They did this despite the fact that the bodies are not yet cold in the ground from the assassination of three people in that state by an illegal immigrant who could have and should have been either in jail or thrown out of the US at the time he (according to witnesses) did the killings.

08/14/07: Gizzi: The ACLU Strikes Again -- And Again -- For Illegal Immigration

John Gizzi over at Human Event Online, in his latest "Gizzi on Politics" post, has written an important post regarding the ACLU's efforts to thwart local ordinances to protect against the crime and costs of illegal immigration. Here's the relevant...

06/19/07: John Armor: House and Senate Act Oppositely on 'Sanctuary Cities'

In the last week (as of 18 June), the US Senate and House have acted in opposite directions on the subject of "Sanctuary Cities." These are cities which take deliberate steps to protect illegal immigrants within their boundaries, who can...

06/14/07: John Armor: City of Mamaroneck Succumbs to Pressure from ACLU to Give Special Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Under pressure from a federal law suit of the type that has been filed by the ACLU against many small communities across the country, the City of Mamaroneck, NY, agreed that it will not enforce federal laws concerning citizens of...

06/11/07: John Armor: Come On In, The Benefits Are Free: New Haven's Response to Illegal Immigration

The Board of Aldermen of New Haven, Connecticut, have by an astonishing vote of 25-1 approved special City-issued IDs for illegal aliens. The program is also strongly supported by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., who said, "It's a practical response to...

06/ 5/07: John Armor: ID Cards for Illegals?

The Aldermen of New Haven, Connecticut, have just approved ID cards for illegal immigrants in that City. The purpose is to allow them to open bank accounts and receive city services including welfare. Was anyone on the Board of Aldermen...

05/22/07: The Farmers Branch Absurdity

Farmers Branch, a small Texas town near Dallas, passed an ordinance imposing penalties on landlords who might rent their apartments to illegal aliens. The act included a requirement that the voters must approve it. In an exceptional turnout last Saturday,...

05/14/07: 'Let the People Decide Illegal Immigration!' (Or Maybe Not)

One of the slogans of the opponents of the Farmers Branch immigration ordinances, was "Let the people vote." (See "Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Law OK'd in Texas.") Now, the people HAVE voted, 68-32, to approve the ordinances designed to discourage illegal immigrants in...

05/ 8/07: ACLU Engaging in 'Shakedown' Project

AP: ACLU Engaging in 'Shakedown' Project On 5 May, 2007, the Associated Press ran a story entitled "Local Immigration Laws Bring High Costs." It described a nationwide shakedown project by the ACLU. Only the AP missed the larger story. The...

04/24/07: John Armor: One Cheer for the Ninth Circuit On Arizona's Honest-Voter Law

It is not very often that the American Civil Rights Union has kind words for the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Nor does the US Supreme Court have many kind words for them, either. That Court...

04/11/07: ACLU Displays its Paranoia

ACLU Displays its Paranoia The facts, but not the legal conclusions, for this article come from an article in the Boston Globe on 26 March. The title of the article is, "Inhumane raid was just one of many (Endgame)." It...

12/12/06: ACLU Sues Police to Protect Illegal Aliens

The background for this comment came from an article published by Channel 7 News in Boston on its website. It credited the Associated Press with the story. The ACLU sued the State Police in Rhode Island, seeking the release of...

09/29/06: The ACLU Defends Illegals in Los Angeles

An article in World Net Daily on 16 September, 2006, described an ACLU-sponsored effort to support Special Order 40 of the Los Angeles Police Department. This Order requires the police in that City to refuse to ask for and act...

09/29/06: ACLU Part of Mexican-Affiliated Open Borders Group

The Associated Press wrote a story published in the Arizona Star on August 24 about a "new civil rights group" which is objecting to certain policies of the US Border Patrol. What the AP failed to report is that this...

09/28/06: ACLU Sues Town Over Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Associated Press - 8/16/2006 The ACLU has sued the town of Hazelton, Pennsylvania over one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants by a U.S. city. Hazelton officials have passed a law that would fine landlords $1000 for renting to...

09/28/06: ACLU Attacks Anti-Illegal Immigration Policy at Schools

WNBC-TV - 9/1/2006 Americans who do not have young children may not know this, but federal law now requires that parents obtain Social Security numbers for their school-aged children. Many New Jersey schools are asking students to provide their SS...

09/28/06: ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Anti-Voter Fraud Measure

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/4/2006 One City (Albuquerque, NM) and several states have passed similar laws which require photo ID for voters in their jurisdictions. These laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some the photo IDs are mandatory...

09/27/06: John Armor: Hazelton: The People vs. the ACLU

Louis Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, Pa., has thrown down the gauntlet to those who think America belongs to anyone who can walk across the border. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a Puerto Rican group have taken up the challenge. And the mayor has upped the ante by hiring as defense counsel the former head of immigration in the Justice Department.

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09/29/07: John Armor: Anchor Babies, Away

The Constitution is simple, short and easy to read. There is no excuse for any reporter to write about it, without reading it. The latest example is an article about anchor babies in the Orlando Sentinel today (29 September) by...

09/24/07: John Armor: Judging the Judges, and the Reporters

On 24 September, the New York Times published an article on the decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which approved the Indiana voter ID law in January, in a divided decision. The losing plaintiffs asked the...

08/14/07: Gizzi: The ACLU Strikes Again -- And Again -- For Illegal Immigration

John Gizzi over at Human Event Online, in his latest "Gizzi on Politics" post, has written an important post regarding the ACLU's efforts to thwart local ordinances to protect against the crime and costs of illegal immigration. Here's the relevant...

07/27/07: Judge Overrules Right of Municipalities to Protect Against Illegal Immigration

Executive Summary: Judge Munley has ruled (AP: "Judge strikes down Hazleton's illegal immigrant law,") that local ordinances to protect munincipalities of bearing the cost of illegal immigration, like the one in Hazelton, PA, re "preempted by federal law." This is...

07/ 9/07: John Armor: It Came from Beyond the Senate: The Illegal Immigration Issue LIVES on

Executive Summary: An unlikely alliance between a talk radio host and a college professor, who got run down by an illegal alien, has sparked a turn-around for Tulsa, Oklahoma. From a sanctuary city it has become a watchful and wary...

06/20/07: John Armor: Georgia Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Voter ID Law

On Monday, June 11th, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed a trial court decision that a Georgia law requiring photo ID for all voters, was unconstitutional. The court's decision was unanimous, but not substantive. It was that the Plaintiff lacked standing...

06/ 2/07: Border Security in Wonderland

Perhaps last week's top news story, not counting whatever Rosie O'Donnell and Lindsay Lohan were doing, was the story of Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta personal injury lawyer who decided it would be a good idea to fly a few thousand...

05/31/07: What Exactly Is Given Sanctuary in "Sanctuary Cities?"

Scott Johnson of Power Line tells us what gets sanctuary in "sanctuary cities" in his shocking report, which I repeat in full below. To give the short answer, what gets sanctuary is human trafficking and sex slavery. When the police...

05/25/07: Ed Meese on the Immigration Debate: Rhetoric vs Reality

Here is the Hon. Ed Meese, ACRU Policy Board Member and former Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan, commenting on the Bush-Kennedy immigration bill currently being debated in congress in a "Heritage In Focus" video, produced by the Heritage Foundation:...

05/24/07: Thomas Sowell Speaks Up on Immigration

The ACRU does not lobby for or against pending legislation. This does not prevent us from joining an important national debate, however, by bringing readers the views of others (and sometimes our own) on issues relevant to the discussion. Many...

05/22/07: Let the Voters Decide -- For a Day, Anyway

Many readers will remember that Farmers Branch, Texas, a Dallas suburb, recently enacted an ordinance to the effect that landlords may not rent to illegal immigrants. The ordinance went to a vote after a pro-illegal immigrant group waged a vigorous...

05/22/07: The Farmers Branch Absurdity

Farmers Branch, a small Texas town near Dallas, passed an ordinance imposing penalties on landlords who might rent their apartments to illegal aliens. The act included a requirement that the voters must approve it. In an exceptional turnout last Saturday,...

05/16/07: Disrespect for Law Doesn't Always Stop Where You Think It Will

A Reuters article published yesterday ("Workers sue U.S. factory after immigration raid") reports that several hundred illegal immigrant workers at a plant south of Boston have sued the company for cheating them on their wages. The article portrays the illegal...

05/16/07: Local Front in Battle to Restore Rule of Law for Immigration Receives Bipartisan Boost

Who says standing against illegal immigration and the consequences thereof is a political loser? The ACRU has been fighting in support of the mayor of Hazelton, PA and his effort to crack down on landlords and employers who create the...

05/14/07: Let the People Decide, as Long as They Wear Black Robes

John Armor notes that a pro-illegal immigrant group which opposed the Hazelton-style ordinance adopted in Texas (by a vote of better than two-to-one) called itself, "Let the People Decide." Not to miss a beat, this same group is now going...

05/14/07: 'Let the People Decide Illegal Immigration!' (Or Maybe Not)

One of the slogans of the opponents of the Farmers Branch immigration ordinances, was "Let the people vote." (See "Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Law OK'd in Texas.") Now, the people HAVE voted, 68-32, to approve the ordinances designed to discourage illegal immigrants in...

05/ 2/07: Rallies for Illegal Immigration: The Big Flop on May 1

Yesterday, May 1, was supposed to be a banner day for rallying support for "immigration reform." ("Immigration reform," incidentally, is one of those phrases that belongs in the Dictionary for the Politically Incorrect, since its actual meaning is concealed behind...

05/ 2/07: A "Sanctuary City" Has Second Thoughts

The Virginian-Pilot reports today that Virginia Beach, which had instructed its police that, except in limited circumstances, they were not to inquire into the immigration status of persons they arrested, has now changed course. The Pilot article begins as follows:...

05/ 1/07: We're Not Asking That Much

A headline among today's MSNBC news entries reads, "Immigrant rights groups rally across the U.S." The story beneath the headline notes that some of the participants in the rallies will decline to wear T-shirts they donned last year, which bore...

04/23/07: Vote Fraud Takes a Hit in the Ninth Circuit

Congratulations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for its decision on Friday refusing to enjoin Arizona from enforcing Proposition 200, which Arizona voters adopted in 2004 to stem vote fraud. Proposition 200 amended Arizona law to...

04/13/07: The Top Five Reasons to Oppose "Sanctuary Cities"

Reason No. 5: Because sanctuary cities facilitate and encourage illegal immigration, they are unfair to legal immigrants, who waited in line, followed the rules and showed respect for the law. Reason No. 4: Sanctuary cities impose costs on their residents...

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