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Immigration Law

1387 ABA Journal Immigration Law articles.

Supreme Court will consider Biden’s bid to end remain-in-Mexico policy for asylum-seekers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the Biden administration may end former President Donald Trump’s policy requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are pending.

Overhaul the immigration and asylum systems to increase fairness and transparency, ABA House urges

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a pair of resolutions that urge the Biden administration to help increase transparency and fairness in the nation's immigration and asylum systems during the ABA Midyear Meeting on Monday.

Vulnerable Afghans seeking humanitarian protections in US must be supported, ABA House says

The ABA House of Delegates passed a resolution at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Monday that supports vulnerable Afghans who are seeking humanitarian protections in the United States.

Long-standing practice of including ‘all persons’ in the US census should continue, ABA House says

The House of Delegates approved a resolution Monday urging federal agencies to follow laws and adopt policies to ensure that "all persons" in each state, regardless of immigration status, are included in the count used to redistribute seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following each decennial census.

The ABA is working to help Afghan refugees, and so can you

As the United States was completing the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan in August, the American Bar Association began working to address the needs of Afghans. At first, this assistance came in the form of volunteer ABA members and staff preparing recommendation letters for evacuating Afghans seeking Special Immigration Visas. Simultaneously, individual ABA members and staff were preparing to provide pro bono legal assistance.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson writes first appellate opinion; she’s seen as a potential SCOTUS nominee

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has released the first opinion written by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is considered a potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

Afghan evacuee crisis adds pressure to already-stressed immigration attorneys

The crisis around the influx of Afghan evacuees has added to recent pressures felt by U.S. immigration attorneys, many whose jobs have expanded beyond direct representation of their clients. As of Dec. 31, more than 75,000 Afghans have been allowed into the United States, while more than 35,000 have applied for humanitarian parole.

Immigration court system needs independence from the DOJ, ABA representative says at congressional hearing

A former chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration testified before Congress Thursday to advocate for the creation of an independent immigration court system. Immigration courts are currently located within the Department of Justice and under the control of the attorney general.

ABA launches nationwide pro bono campaign to help families facing deportation

The ABA is offering volunteer lawyers a new opportunity to help families in 11 cities navigate their now-accelerated immigration court proceedings.

Law prof’s remarks about ‘Asian elite’ put her back at center of controversy

A controversial professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is once again drawing condemnation, this time for remarks about “problematic” immigration by the “Asian elite.”

Interested in helping Afghans apply for asylum? Here’s a way to start

The ABA Commission on Immigration, through a new partnership with refugee resettlement agency HIAS, is hoping to help more people from Afghanistan who were evacuated to the United States after the Taliban took over their country last year.

Racial and ethnic justice cases reveal ideological rift in the courts

In December, the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program resumed under President Joe Biden's administration. The immigration policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires the U.S. government to return certain asylum-seekers to Mexico pending the adjudication of their immigration cases in American courts.

US reinstates remain-in-Mexico program to comply with court order, expands people affected

The Biden administration on Monday began sending asylum-seekers to Mexico to await court hearings.

How a law prof is training paraprofessionals to represent immigrants in legal proceedings

Law prof Michele Pistone says there aren’t enough immigration lawyers and pro bono attorneys to meet the demand of immigrants seeking legal assistance. This justice gap is a primary reason that she created a program to train paraprofessionals.

Supreme Court will decide whether innkeeper can sue border agent for First Amendment damages

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the owner of a bed and breakfast establishment called the Smugglers Inn can sue a border patrol agent for damages under the First and Fourth Amendments.

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