ABA Policies on Immigration Issues

Immigration has been an ABA legislative priority since 1992. The ABA is actively engaged in improving the nation's immigration laws.

Policy Overview

The ABA supports legal immigration based on family reunification and employment skills, due process safeguards in immigration and asylum adjudications, and judicial review of such decisions. The ABA also supports the appointment of counsel at government expense to unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings, the restoration of public benefits to legal immigrants and refugees, and improving the wages, working conditions and legal status of farmworkers in the United States. The ABA opposes laws that require employers and persons providing education, health care, or other social services to verify citizenship or immigration status.

ABA Policy Established at the 2010 Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Florida