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Immigration Events and CLE Archive

Deportation, Due Process, and the New Frontier on U.S. Immigration Policy

Friday, August 11, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 pm
New York Hilton Midtown, Sutton Center, 2nd Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas

About this Program

Millions of noncitizens in the United States, including immigrants, refugees, and visitors are impacted by the new U.S. immigration policies sweeping the nation. Immigrants are being rounded up and targeted for deportation by enforcement authorities, separating families, and swelling already-overcrowded detention facilities and immigration courts. Lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders), were literally turned away at the airports upon returning from visits abroad – before the Courts stepped in and halted these new practices. So-called “Sanctuary Cities” have been threatened with roll-backs in federal funding for social service programs unless they employ local police officers and resources to help enforce these new federal policies. How can these “reforms” be reconciled with time-honored, due process protections and the U.S. image as a beacon of hope for those persecuted abroad? 


  • Jojo Anobil,  Executive Director, Immigrant Justice Corps, New York
  • T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School in New York City
  • Bree Bernwanger, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco
  • Muzaffar Chishti, Director of the Migration Policy Institute, New York University
  • Maribel Hernandez Rivera, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives, New York Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Moderator, James R. Silkenat, New York attorney, former ABA President
  • Announcer, Alex Manuel, Administrative Judge, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, DC


  • Judicial Division
  • Commission on Immigration

Sanctuary Cities: Legitimate Law Enforcement Policy or Rogue Action?

May 19, 2017

National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

About this Program

The President’s immigration-related Executive Orders have greatly expanded the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement priorities. As a result, the concept of “sanctuary cities” has again gained national attention. While the modern use of this term does not have a precise definition, it refers to a variety of ways in which local and state jurisdictions may limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The consequences of implementing sanctuary policies can have a profound effect on the local jurisdiction and the immigrant population residing within its boundaries. This panel will explore a variety of topics related to the concept of “sanctuary cities” in the context of current-day immigration enforcement, such as how sanctuary policies vary among jurisdictions, the impact on local policing, potential reprisals against sanctuary cities including the loss of federal funding, the constitutionality of voluntary or obligated cooperation with federal immigration authorities and whether sanctuary cities ultimately create safer and more prosperous communities.


  • Betsy CavendishGeneral Counsel to Mayor Muriel Bowser
  • J. Thomas MangerChief of Police, Montgomery County Police Department; President, Major Cities Chiefs Association
  • Chad R. MizelleCounsel to the Deputy Attorney General, USDOJ
  • Michael NeifachJackson Lewis PC; Former General Counsel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Paromita ShahNational Immigration Project
  • Tracy ShortPrinicpal Legal Advisor, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Michele WaslinAmerican Immigration Council
  • Moderator Karen T. GrisezSpecial Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Special Advisor, ABA Commission on Immigration


Program Materials

The First 100 Days: Immigration at a Crossroads, Lives in the Balance

February 4, 2017

Miami, Florida

As our country transitions to a new Administration, immigration remains one of the most pressing issues to confront our nation. Many questions remain unanswered about the future of immigration law and policy in the United States. What priorities will the new Administration focus on and will changes be made through Executive Action or through Congress? During this program, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss what is known about the new Administration’s priorities and the likely impact on due process, the Immigration Court system, and the individuals whose lives could be irrevocably affected by these changes. The panel will discuss the exercise of discretion and the appropriate role of Executive Action and prosecutorial discretion; the status of the Immigration Court backlog and plans to hire additional Immigration Judges; a potential expansion of immigration detention and the resulting effect on access to counsel and detention conditions. The panel will discuss the impact of DACA and temporary employment authorization and what it would mean to have it possibly revoked.

Program Speakers

  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Chair, Commission on Immigration (Moderator)
  • Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, President, National Association of Immigration Judges
  • Esther Olavarría, Former Senior Counselor to Secretary Jeh Johnson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Wendy Wayne, Director, Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Controversy Delays Progress: Prospects for Immigration Initiatives in the Next Administration

August 5, 2016

ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

Program Description

Our nation's major immigration initiatives have been delayed as contentious issues are debated in Congress and litigated in the judicial system. The Supreme Court's recent decision determining the fate of DAPA/expanded DACA programs and providing guidance on the scope of Executive Action has been at the forefront of this major controversy. Meanwhile, a new Administration is on the horizon, one that can potentially reverse many of the programs and policies pursued by the current Administration. A panel of distinguished experts in the field of immigration law addressed these issues and more including the future of employment and business visas and the ongoing challenge of family detention at the southwest border. 


  • Judge Dean Lum, King County Superior Court 


  • Thomas Saenz, MALDEF
  • Denise Gilman, University of Texas School of Law
  • Jennifer Shih, Simmons & Ungar LLP

Words Matter: The U.S. Debate over Immigration, the Media, and the 2016 Election

May 6, 2016

National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

ABA Commission on Immigration and the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice joined forces to present a dynamic and timely program titled “Words Matter:  the U.S. Debate over Immigration, the Media, and the 2016 Election.”  During this two-hour panel discussion, set at the historic National Press Club, a diverse group of experts commented on the current debate around immigration and the pervasive negative rhetoric that has surrounded the 2016 election.  During this program, panelists discussed the influx of Central American families, the political response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the consequences of the negative rhetoric and the critical role of the media in this national debate.

Opening Remarks

  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership; Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


  • Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland
  • Emir Hadzic, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant; Bosnian-Muslim refugee
  • Melinda Henneberger, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call
  • Jayesh Rathod, Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic, American University –Washington College of Law


  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC); Chair, ABA Commission on Immigration

Family Detention at a Crossroads: Will the U.S. Government Persist or Desist?

November 5, 2015

Washington, D.C.

About the Program

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled over the summer that the 1997 Flores settlement protections extend to noncitizen children who are detained with their parents and has affirmed that children do not belong in secure, unlicensed detention facilities operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This decision is a clear victory for the rights of asylum-seeking families and provides solid recognition that children have particular needs and vulnerabilities that are severely hampered by even short periods of detention. Judge Gee ordered the government to comply with her ruling by October 23, 2015.

This expert panel will discuss the extent of the protections under Flores, the ongoing litigation and the degree to which the government has complied with the Judge’s October 23 order, as well as what the future holds for immigrant children and families.

In addition, the panel will discuss the findings in the recently released report,Family Immigration Detention: Why the Past Cannot Be Prologue developed by the ABA Commission on Immigration with the assistance of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.


  • ABA President Paulette Brown (Opening Remarks)
  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Chair, Commission on Immigration, Moderator
  • Melissa Crow, American Immigration Council
  • Denise L. Gilman, UT Law Immigration Clinic
  • Dora B. Schriro, Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

No Deportation Without Representation?

August 9, 2014

ABA Annual Meeting Presidential Showcase, Boston, Massachusetts

This Presidential Showcase presentation and panel discussion examines the plight of detained individuals held in detention centers throughout the US, reviews the current state of the law and immigration policies and examines several innovative programs providing appointed counsel.


  • Ray Suarez, Al Jazeera America (Moderator)
  • Hon. Robert Katzmann, Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Juan Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review
  • Raja Jorjani, Office of the Alameda County Public Defender

ABA News Article

Pro Bono Training: The Essentials of Immigration Court Representation

August 8, 2013

ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California


Dialogue on ABA Civil Detention Standards: Promoting Fair Treatment and Access to Justice

November 14, 2012 

Sullivan & Worcester LLP 1633 Broadway, 32nd Floor New York, NY 10019

Program Description

Please join the American Bar Association and the Center for Migration Studies for a dialogue on the ABA’s new Civil Immigration Detention Standards.  The standards build on the ABA’s longstanding leadership in increasing access to justice and humane treatment for men and women in immigration detention, and address:  daily living conditions; access to legal services; communications; visitation; access to religious services; grievances; accountability and oversight; and other areas.  The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) existing detention standards originated through a process of collaboration between the ABA, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and DOJ’s former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); they have been updated several times since they were originally issued in 2000.    The ABA Commission on Immigration developed the Civil Immigration Detention Standards to provide the DHS with a guide for transitioning to a civil detention system that befits its civil detention authority.  The civil standards arise, in part, from the ABA’s extensive advocacy, monitoring, and reporting on immigration detention, as well as its direct work with men and women in detention. The standards were developed under the guidance of an expert Advisory Task Force that included a former Commissioner of the INS, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction Dora S. Schriro, and experts from the corrections, medical, academic, and other fields.  They were drafted with the pro bono assistance of Crowell & Moring LLP. ABA President‐Elect James R. Silkenat will offer closing remarks.


  • Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner, New York City Department of Correction
  • Donald M. Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies
  • Karen T. Grisez, Special Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Moderator

Program Flyer

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Ethics in Immigration Proceedings

Impact of Criminal Convictions

Other Forms of Relief

Appeals to the BIA and Circuit Courts