Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees within the United States.

Learn about the Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Immigration System

To keep its members informed during this time, the Commission on Immigration has been compiling summaries of developments in the immigration system related to COVID-19. The latest summaries can be found below. This page will be updated weekly.

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Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation

Thousands of children must face immigration judges each year without appointed counsel. With representation, asylum seekers have a five times greater chance of winning their case. Follow the link for pro bono opportunities nationwide to support children . Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, "Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation" allows lawyers to search and share available pro bono cases for unaccompanied children (UC) detained by the federal government or released to live with family members while in deportation proceedings.

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Donate to the Commission on Immigration

The Commission on Immigration appreciates your donations that will help us to continue our work ensuring due process rights for the immigrant community. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Our Projects:

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. The project recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.

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Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

The Immigration Justice Project (IJP) of San Diego seeks to promote due process and access to justice for indigent immigrants and asylum-seekers through the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services for individuals appearing before the San Diego immigration court and in subsequent appeals as needed.

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Children's Immigration Law Academy

The Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), is an expert legal resource center created by the American Bar Association (ABA). CILA builds capacity for those working to advance the rights of children seeking protection through trainings, technical assistance, and collaboration.

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Fight Notario Fraud (FNF)

Unscrupulous “notarios” or “immigration consultants” have become an increasingly serious problem in immigrant communities throughout the United States. The Commission is working to provide immigrant communities with information about this dangerous practice, and to support advocates who represent victims.

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Detention and LOP Information Line

The ABA Commission on Immigration is seeking talented law clerks and interns to assist in cutting-edge, individualized assistance to detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Know Your Rights

To help ensure America's commitment to justice for all, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has produced an updated version of "Know Your Rights," an educational video for the more than 400,000 men and women held in immigration detention facilities across the country each year.

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Pro Bono Reflections from the Rio Grande Valley

The Commission on Immigration has been hosting week-long pro bono trips to the Rio Grande Valley. These trips have allowed volunteers to get direct experience on the frontlines witnessing the immigration detention and removal systems and hearing directly from asylum-seekers and others who travel to the United States seeking protection. Here we will feature some ProBAR volunteers' reflections on their experiences.

New Resource: Tu Futuro, Tu Voz

The ABA Commission on Immigration is proud to share the video: Tu Futuro, Tu Voz (Your Future, Your Voice), featuring four young adults from Central America who crossed into the United States as unaccompanied minors. This video was created as a resource for youth who are currently undergoing immigration proceedings, and the lawyers who represent them.

Pro Bono Opportunities

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The Undocumented Lawyer Virtual Film Screening and Q&A

Webinar | October 21

We are excited to announce that the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Commission on Immigration are jointly hosting a virtual screening of “The Undocumented Lawyer” and a Live Q&A! This documentary short film follows Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney who is herself undocumented, as she fights for justice for her clients. The film will premiere on HBO in March of 2021, but you will have access to stream it ahead of release from October 18-24th. The live Q&A with protagonist Lizbeth Mateo and filmmakers will take place on October 21 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

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Accountability, Reliance and Justice: Examining the Impact of the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision on DACA Recipients, Policymakers, and the Future of Immigration in the United States

June 29, 2020 | Recent Webinar

On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court held that the Department of Homeland Security’s 2017 decision to terminate the DACA program was arbitrary and capricious, and had failed to properly take into account DHS’s significant responsibility under administrative law, to weigh the impact of its actions, noting specifically the significant reliance interests that had developed for DACA recipients since the program began in 2012. The decision, however, did not hold that DACA could not be terminated; it instead focused on DHS’s failure to provide a clear and well-articulated basis for implementing the wind-down of the program.

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About the Commission

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States.

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