"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts."
- James Madison, 4th President of the United States
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America, since its beginning, has been a melting pot mostly consisting of immigrants or the ancestors of immigrants. America's history and the fame of Ellis Island speak to that. Today though, immigration has taken up a different place in our political consciousness. Rather than just being a point of heritage and/or pride for many, the issue of immigration is now constantly being debated as politicans seek to address the fact that many undocumented immigrants enter the United States each year.
In this debate though, one thing that often gets lost is that while some of these immigrants are in the United States illegally, that does not mean that they do not have rights. The ACLU works to make sure that all immigrants are treated in accord with the Constitution, and that their rights as a minority are not withheld. In the interest of advancing this cause, both the ACLU of Georgia and the national ACLU have Immigrants' Rights projects.