Immigration to the U.S. is often characterized as taking place in waves, resulting in the “melting pot” that makes up American society. Starting with the immigration of British nationals, the U.S. has welcomed individuals of European, Asian, African, and South American descent to its shores. However, the immigration laws of the U.S. have also developed in waves, leaving some immigrant groups without the protections generally afforded to American citizens.
In keeping with its mission to defend the principles and freedoms embodied in the Bill of Rights, the ACLU of Georgia works to protect the rights of all immigrants, including those residing in the U.S. without documentation. Through its Immigrants’ Rights Project, the ACLU of Georgia seeks to defend individuals’ rights in court cases and immigration proceedings and advocates for legislative reform of U.S. immigration policy.