Immigration Reform

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

116th Congress

10/8/2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
ABA Letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Urging Reconsideration of the Implementation of a "Blank Space" Policy

8/10/2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
ABA Comments in Opposition to the Proposed Rule on Security Bars and Processing 

7/15/2020

Executive Office of Immigration Review
ABA Comments in Opposition to to the Proposed Rules on Procedures for Asylum and
Withholding of Removal, Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review

6/6/2020
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
ABA Letter Regarding DHS's Removal Proceedings for Unaccompanied Children

4/17/2020
Executive Office of Immigration Review and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ABA Letter Urging the Suspension of All In-Person Immigration Court Proceedings

4/1/2020
Executive Office for Immigration Review
ABA Letter to EOIR Encouraging Temporary Suspension of Immigration Court Hearings and Appearances for Unaccompanied Children

3/30/2020
Executive Office for Immigration Review
ABA Letter Regarding Increased Fees for Certain Adjudication Services in Proposed EOIR Rule

3/25/2020
Executive Office for Immigration Review and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ABA Letter Urging EOIR and ICE to Protect Individuals Working In and Appearing Before Immigration Courts

3/11/2020
Office of Management and Budget
ABA Comments on Proposed Rule to Require Social Media Disclosure on Immigration and Foreign Travel Forms

12/19/2019
Department of Homeland Security 
ABA Letter on the Interim Final Rule and Request for Comment on Implementing Bilateral and Multilateral Asylum Cooperative Agreements

11/19/19
House Subcommitte on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations
ABA testifies at the hearing titled "Examining the Human Rights and Legal Implications of DHS' 'Remain in Mexico' Policy." 

11/15/2019
Department of Homeland Security 
ABA Comments on Proposed Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification Amendments

10/25/2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review
ABA Comments in Response to EOIR's Interim Rule, Fed. Reg. 44537

9/23/2019
Department of Homeland Security
ABA Letter Opposing the Expansion of Expedited Removal

9/4/2019
U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees
ABA Letter on the Implementation of the Waiver Provision in the Travel Ban

7/11/2019
Members of Congress
ABA Letter Urging the Establishment of an Independent Immigration Court

6/17/2019
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Opposition to S. 1494, the Secure and Protect Act of 2019

6/17/2019
Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees
ABA Letter in Support of Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services

5/4/2019
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act 

4/23/2019
Attorney General William P. Barr
ABA Letter Opposing Increased Detention for Asylum Seekers

2/27/19
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
ABA Letter on Fairfax County Universal Representation Pilot Program

2/6/19
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
ABA Letter on Zero-Tolerance Policy

115th Congress

11/26/18
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ABA Comment Letter on Draft 2018 Revisions to the National Detention Standards

11/6/18
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ABA Comment Letter on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement

6/18/18
Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security
ABA Letter on Family Separation at the Southern Border

5/1/18
Montgomery County, Maryland County Council
ABA Letter in Support of Funding for Legal Representation of Detainees

5/1/18
Prince George's County, Maryland County Council
ABA Letter in Support of Funding for Legal Representation of Detainees

4/18/18
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Testifies on "Strengthening and Reforming America's Immigration Court System"

11/1/17
House and Senate
ABA Letter in Support of Congressional Action on DACA

6/14/17
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Opposes H. 495, the "Protection of Children Act of 2017"

114th Congress

7/6/16
Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Harry Reid
ABA Opposes S. 2193, the "Stop Illegal Reentry Act"

6/17/16
Sen. Mazie Hirono
ABA Supports S. Res. 373, recognizing the historical significance of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

3/18/16
Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Jeh Johnson
ABA Objects to Extensive Use of Electronic Ankle Monitors as a Condition of Release from Detention for Immigrants Arriving with Children

12/11/15
House and Senate Leaders
ABA Opposes Proposals to Delay or Halt Admission of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

11/30/15
Department of Justice 
ABA Comments on Proposed Rule for Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives  

7/30/15
House and Senate Judiciary Committees 
ABA Opposes Proposed Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Illegal Reentry in S. 1762/H.R. 3011 and S. 1812

7/24/15
Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
ABA Urges Reassessment of DHS Policy Banning Counsel from Overseas Refugee Interviews

3/26/15
Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Jeh Johnson
ABA Letter Expressing Concern about Expansion of Immigration Detention

1/30/15
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
ABA Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a Briefing on “The State of Civil Rights in Immigration Detention”

113th Congress

10/20/14
Vice President Joe Biden 
ABA Supports Enhancing to Access to Justice for Unaccompanied Minors 

9/15/14
Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco 
ABA Supports Funding for Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

9/9/14
Executive Office of Immigration for the Department of Justice 
ABA Comments Regarding the Designation of Temporary Immigration Judges

7/31/14
House of Representatives
ABA opposes H.R. 5230, the Secure Southwest Border Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2014

6/25/14
House Judiciary Committee
ABA Statement on the Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors at the South Texas Border

3/13/14
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder  
ABA Letter Urging Withdrawal of Matter of Silva-Trevino

6/26/13
Senate 
ABA Urges Passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

6/21/13
Senate 
ABA Opposes Amendments to Eliminate or Dilute Access to Counsel  Provisions in S.744

6/19/13
Senate 
ABA Letter Supporting Feinstein/Coons Amendment to S. 744

5/16/13
Senate Judiciary Committee 
ABA Opposes Grassley Amendments in S. 744

2/26/13
Department of Homeland Security
ABA Comments on Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities

2/13/13
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Advocates for Immigration Law and Policy Reform

112th Congress

3/6/12
Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review
ABA Comments on Regulations Governing Accredited Representatives Appearing in Immigration Court

2/17/12
Administrative Conference of the United States
ABA Comments on ACUS Immigration Adjudication Report

12/15/11
Department of Homeland Security
ABA Letter Commending DHS on Prosecutorial Discretion Announcement with Respect to Deportation and Removal Cases

6/30/11
House Judiciary Committee
ABA expresses its opposition to H.R. 1932, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act

6/28/11
Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
ABA submits a supporting statement for a June 28, 2011 hearing on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act)

5/31/11
House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
ABA expresses its views on measures to expand the Department of Homeland Security's detention authority contained in H.R. 1932, the "Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011."

5/18/11
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Karen Grisez of the ABA Commission on Immigration testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on Immigration Courts.

3/11/11
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
ABA Comments on Policy for Resumed Removals to Haiti.

111th Congress

12/8/10
House
Letter supporting the passage of the DREAM Act

12/8/10
Senate
Letter supporting the passage of the DREAM Act

9/10/10
DOJ
Letter regarding proposed new requirements for accessing EOIR’s automated case information system

6/17/10
House
On June 17, Karen Grisez, Chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law on efforts to improve the immigration courts and challenges faced by the courts as a result of increasing immigration enforcement.

1/22/10
House
The ABA Urges Attorney General Eric Holder to Withdraw former Attorney General Mukasey’s Opinion in Matter of Silva-Trevino, 24 I. & N. Dec. 687 (AG 2008), and to Restore the Traditional Categorical Approach used to Determine the Immigration Consequences of Past Criminal Convictions.

8/17/09
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Supports the Removal of the HIV Immigration Ban (Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

8/21/09
Executive Office for Immigration Review
ABA Supports the Continuation of the Specialized Children’s Docket in the Harlingen, TX Immigration Court

6/3/09
Senate
Testimony in support of the Uniting American Families Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

1/5/09
House
Letter requesting a joint hearing on DHS Waiving of Laws Protecting Indian Rights

110th Congress

7/15/08
Senate
Letter urging a vote against an amendment to S. 2731 striking a ban on HIV-positive visitors to the United States.

6/4/08
House
Written statement on actions needed to address the deficiencies in the Provision of Medical Care to Immigration Detainees. (Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law)

10/23/07
Senate
Letter supporting S. 2205, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 (DREAM Act)

5/15/07
Senate
Letter urging comprehensive immigration reform legislation that will provide essential changes to the U.S. immigration system

4/17/07
House
Letter expressing views on selected provisions of H.R. 1645, the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE Act)

3/15/07
House
Written statement outlining a number of steps that should be taken to address the lack of meaningful access to legal information and legal representation experienced by many immigrants in detention (House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism)

2/1/07
DHS
Letter regarding Detainee Transfer Standard (Department of Homeland Security)

1/31/07
DHS
Letter regarding petition for rule-making to promulgate regulations governing detention standards for immigration detainees (Department of Homeland Security)

1/22/07
House &Senate
Letter supporting legislation that would provide for derivative Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for children whose parents are granted TPS

109th Congress

10/3/06
DHS
Letter opposing the separation of detained Salvadoran families in South Texas (Office of Detention and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security)

9/20/06
House
Letter opposing H.R. 6094 and H.R. 6095

5/19/06
Senate
Letter supporting Violence Against Women Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

5/17/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006

5/17/06
Senate
Letter supporting the Brownback/Lieberman Amendment regarding immigration detention

4/26/06
Senate
Letter supporting the Leahy-Coleman amendment to H.R. 4939, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

4/6/06
Senate
Letter supporting the Brownback/Lieberman Amendment regarding immigration detention

4/4/06
Senate
Letter supporting comprehensive immigration reform legislation

3/27/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act

2/28/06
Senate
Letter opposing Sen. Specter’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006

12/13/05
House
Letter opposing H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005

9/30/05
DHS
Letter supporting protection of women refugees from gender violence (Department of Homeland Security)

5/19/05
EOIR
Letter regarding policy on unaccompanied minors in the Immigration Court (Executive Office for Immigration Review)

4/13/05
Senate
Letter commenting on H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005

2/9/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005