Immigration Resources

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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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.

Shutting Doors: How the US is Poised to End Asylum & Turn Its Back on the Persecuted

Jun 23, 2020 | Recent Webinar

The US Government has just proposed regulations that would eviscerate the current U.S. asylum system, making it effectively impossible for people fleeing persecution to obtain protection in the United States. If implemented, among other acute concerns, the rule would eliminate gender based asylum - shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent. Women fleeing rape and severe domestic violence, LGBTQ+ individuals facing deadly attacks, and those escaping other fatal gender-based harms in their home countries would no longer be able to find safety in the U.S. if the regulations take effect.

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Featured Resources

Resources from the Commission on Immigration

Publications

Publications by the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration

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Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Community and government resources providing information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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ABA Civil Immigration Detention Standards

In August 2012, the ABA House of Delegates adopted the ABA Civil Immigration Detention Standards, which outline how a truly civil immigration detention system should look and operate, with the goal of offering a framework for reforming the current immigration detention system, particularly in areas of concern to the ABA.

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Related Organizations

This list, while not exhaustive, links to other organizations in the immigration advocacy community, which can assist in learning more about immigration and pro bono issues.

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Suggestions?

This list of resources, while not exhaustive, will assist you in learning more about immigration and pro bono issues. Do you know of other relevant sites of interest? Please contact us. We welcome your suggestions.

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