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ACLU Urges Clinton to Improve Immigration, National Security Positions

NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today released a constitutional analysis of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s policy proposals and found two areas for improvement: immigration and national security.

The ACLU is urging Clinton to end the detention of immigrant families, halt large-scale immigration raids and ensure immigrants receive proper legal counsel. The group is also asking Clinton to commit to bringing unlawful targeted killing drone programs to a stop, repeal provisions that allow illegal surveillance of Americans’ communications, and reform counterterrorism programs in order to protect civil rights of American Muslims and to keep America safe. The analysis acknowledges Clinton’s strong record on women’s rights, LGBT equality, and reproductive freedom and offers a roadmap for Clinton, if elected, to become a civil liberties champion.

“If elected, Secretary Clinton can restore basic constitutional principles to the way our government conducts itself at home and abroad,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “With her strong track record on so many issues, we are asking Clinton to make much needed and doable changes to immigration and national security programs that would not only make our country better and safer, but put the values of fairness, equality, and due process of law at the fore of her administration.”

The ACLU is a nonpartisan organization. For 96 years, the ACLU has fought to defend the rights enshrined in our Constitution and has never opposed or supported any candidate for office — and it is not starting now.  The organization has worked with and fought both Democrats and Republicans in the Oval Office, in Congress, and across the country. The ACLU has no role in determining the outcome of elections, but has put together constitutional analyses of both Clinton and Donald Trump’s statements in order to educate voters across the country about the candidates’ views. The Trump analysis, released in July, showed severe constitutional implications should he be elected and his policies be implemented.

“Clinton has the chance to make good on her stated vision of a country in which the most vulnerable are given a fair chance at the American dream,” Romero said. “The thousands of people of different backgrounds who come to our great nation in search of a better life deserve just that, and Secretary Clinton can and should make these modest reforms a reality.”

The full analysis is available at:

The analysis of Donald Trump’s proposed policies can be found here:


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