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ABA President Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform


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ABA President Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Gabriel McIntosh

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 13, 2013 — American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows today urged Congress to enact meaningful and comprehensive immigration reform consistent with the ABA’s “unique interest in ensuring fairness and due process in the immigration enforcement and adjudication systems.”


In written testimony provided to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Bellows noted that “even a cursory review of the immigration system today shows that it is plagued with problems at every level,” despite the fact that the United States is “a nation of immigrants.”

“The development, implementation and enforcement of our immigration laws should seek to balance this influx with the necessity of controlling our borders through a fair and effective system of immigration,” Bellows said.

Bellows explained that the ABA is calling for “comprehensive reform that fairly and realistically addresses the U.S. undocumented population, the need for immigrant labor, the value of family reunification, and the importance of an effective and humane immigration enforcement strategy.”

ABA President Bellows’ full testimony is available here.

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