Anti-Immigration Program 287(g)

Over the last two weeks, thousands of Floridians have signed our petition urging Senators Nelson and Rubio to pressure the Department of Homeland Security to end the controversial immigration enforcement program which has led to thousands of deportations from Florida. The fate of the program, known as 287(g), which opens the door to racial profiling and makes communities less safe, could be decided at the beginning of next week.

Groups across the country and in Florida are flooding the White House switchboard with calls for an end to the program. We need your voice: Call the White House today to tell President Obama to end the racial profiling program.

The 287(g) program lets local law enforcement agencies enter into agreements with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws and detain people for deportation, often for minor offenses like traffic violations. The Collier County and Jacksonville Sheriffs’ participation in the program has led to the deportation of thousands of individuals, increased the potential for racial profiling, and eroded trust between law enforcement and minority communities here in Florida.

Thousands of you signed the petition we sent to Senators Rubio and Nelson calling for an end to the program when the agreements expire this month, and ACLU leaders delivered 4,500 more signatures to the White House on Thursday. Now, members of organizations across the country are joining together to call on the White House to end the program when the Department of Homeland Security reviews the agreements on the 17th.

Calling takes only a few minutes, and your voice will be echoed by the countless others taking action to end the program. Join the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to the program now.

Thank you for standing with us in defense of liberty.

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LGBT Equality

For a long time now, opponents of LGBT equality have successfully used ballot initiatives to block our path forward — but this year, we have a real chance to win marriage fights at the ballot box. Four states — Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota — will vote on freedom to marry measures this year. In the first three, a yes vote will deliver the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. In Minnesota, we are fighting to stop a constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

With your help, November 6th could be a breakthrough moment. All of our efforts to end discrimination based on sexual orientation have gained real momentum this year — now we need you to carry that momentum through to Election Day.

War on Terror

Though the CIA claims to have only waterboarded three detainees during the War on Terror, evidence has surfaced that they waterboarded at least one more. Human Rights Watch has revealed that in 2003, as the CIA rounded up and interrogated Libyan revolutionaries, Mohammed Shoroeiya was waterboarded.

Credible authorities agree unequivocally that waterboarding is torture. In fact, after World War II US forces hanged Japanese soldiers for using waterboarding. Now our secret armed forces use it with impunity. We must condemn the CIA’s egregious use of this form of torture, which betrays core American principles.

If we don’t stand up to such abuses, we assure that they will occur again. If we don’t demand full accountability, we empower future abuses. Please, add your name to this petition and demand an investigation into these new waterboarding allegations.

PETITION TO THE US CONGRESS: The United States cannot abide by torture. We demand that you open a full congressional inquiry into recent revelations of waterboarding in Libya, which controvert CIA claims. <—- ACLU email