The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status.
When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. The ACLU of North Carolina is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.
The ACLU of North Carolina has advocated for the rights of immigrants at the General Assembly and in communities across the state, with a particular emphasis on combatting law enforcement tactics that profile and target people based on their perceived immigration status.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
An annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latino and Hispanic communities, Hispanic Heritage Month will last from Friday, September 15, 2023 through Sunday, October 15, 2023. The event commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.
It may seem odd for National Hispanic Heritage Month to start in the middle of September and end in the middle of October. But there is a good reason for the September 15 kick-off date.
Several Latin American countries observe their Independence Day on this date.
Wish El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua a happy independence day!
To the north, Mexico celebrates Independence Day on September 16, and to the south, Chile commemorates its sovereignty on September 18. Finally, Dia de la Raza — a decolonized alternative to Columbus Day celebrated by Mexico and Chile — occurs on October 12.
- Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more here about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them.
- The NCDMV recently issued a Declaratory Ruling in March 2023 addressing some of the issues immigrants have experienced obtaining full-term, eight-year driver’s licenses and putting new rules in place for immigrants applying for driver’s licenses in North Carolina.