Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: Mandatory case completion quotas for immigration judges
The American Bar Association strongly disagrees with any attempt to establish mandatory case completion quotas for immigration judges.
Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: The end of the DACA program
In light of the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ended in six months, the American Bar Association urges Congress to act quickly to pass legislation that provides a fair, orderly and safe way ahead for the young people affected by this change.
Statement of ABA President re: President’s Revised Executive Order
The American Bar Association has concerns about the president’s revised executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
Linda A. Klein on independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and immigration
American Bar Association President Linda A. Klein Monday called personal attacks on judges “attacks on our Constitution” and warned that it is vital that the judiciary remains independent and free from political pressure.
Full speech: Video / Transcript
ABA President Linda Klein has announced the launch of a portal to harness the energy of the legal profession and coordinate the efforts of volunteer lawyers helping immigrants in response to President Trump’s Executive Orders altering our immigration system.
ABA urges President Trump to withdraw order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries
The American Bar Association urged President Donald Trump today to withdraw the executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the entry of Syrian refugees.
Statement of Linda A. Klein, ABA president, Recent executive orders on immigration
The American Bar Association is concerned by significant portions of the immigration-related executive orders issued on January 25 and 27, 2017, regarding border security, immigration enforcement and terrorism. Together, they make significant changes to our nation’s immigration policies and jeopardize fundamental principles of justice, due process and the rule of law.
ABA urges Supreme Court to set ‘bright-line’ approach in immigration detention cases
The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to require in immigration cases involving prolonged detention an individualized bond hearing within six months, and reject the U.S, Department of Justice’s approach that would require each individual detainee to challenge their detention by way of a habeas petition.
Statement of Paulette Brown, president, American Bar Association Re: Impact of Supreme Court deadlock in U.S. v Texas
The American Bar Association recognizes that as a result of this outcome, millions of undocumented immigrants will be forced to remain in the shadows, vulnerable to exploitation and separation from their U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children.
A Humanitarian Call to Action: Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings Present a Critical Need for Legal Representation
Updated May 2016
Last year there was a dramatic increase in the number of adults, families and unaccompanied children from Central America crossing into Texas. The ABA is issuing this statement to provide background information and to address the current needs of all involved.
Letter from Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association Re: Ankle Monitors
The ABA strongly objects to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) extensive use of electronic ankle monitors as a condition of release from detention for Central American parents arriving with their children at the U.S. border.
Immigrant Children Desperately Need Lawyers (Letter to the Editor: Re “Migrant Children, Voiceless in Court")
These two Letters to the Editor address access to counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children and appeared in the New York Times, one from ABA President Paulette Brown and the other from Commission Chair Mary Meg McCarthy and KIND Director Wendy Young.