ACLU testimony opposing City Council bills expanding sit/lie bans

“Instead of wasting limited public resources enforcing constitutionally infirm bills—which would likely result in costly lawsuits—without actually reducing the number of unsheltered homeless, the ACLU strongly encourages the City and County of Honolulu to reconsider its proposed approach to homelessness. In particular, to meet its constitutional obligations, the County needs to ensure that sufficient and […]

Op-ed: Looking past the repeal of DACA, the fight for the soul of our country starts at home

We stand with all immigrants and their families in Hawai‘i and across America. The administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a low blow to our communities and values. In a fast rebuke to the decision, Hawai‘i has joined a coalition of 16 states in a lawsuit to protect DACA […]

ACLU of Hawaii statement on DACA repeal

The White House’s cruel decision to slam the door on dreamers today serves no purpose other than to upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who grew up in America and have no other place to call home. Dreamers are the latest victims of a broken immigration system that not only tears […]

ACLU of Hawaiʻi Issues Texas Travel Advisory

Traveling to Texas May Result in Violation of Constitutional Rights, ACLU Warns FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2017 Contact: Mandy Finlay, Advocacy Coordinator, mfinlay@acluhawaii.org, 808-522-5905 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi (“ACLU of Hawaiʻi) issued a travel alert today informing any Hawaiʻi residents planning to travel to Texas in the near […]

Eight to Watch – April 2017

The 2017 Legislature is well underway. Bills are heading now into conference committee where final amendments and testimony will be deliberated prior to floor votes and (for bills that pass) ultimately the Governor’s desk. While several measures are on our radar, we are taking special effort to urge lawmakers to uphold civil liberties through their […]