January 11, 2018

Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: Immigration reform

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2018 — The American Bar Association is encouraged by bipartisan discussions to address immigration reform and the plight of young people known as Dreamers. At the same time, we are concerned about the fate of approximately 250,000 Salvadorans, 60,000 Haitians and 5,000 Nicaraguans who have lost their temporary protected status in the past two months.

This week’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security about Salvadoran refugees recognized that some people with temporary protected status may be eligible for other protections under U.S. immigration law. The American Bar Association urges all individuals who risk losing their protected status to obtain qualified legal advice from a lawyer or accredited representative and to avoid individuals who lack proper credentials to practice immigration law.

The ABA calls on Congress to work toward a bipartisan solution to establish comprehensive immigration reform for millions of hardworking immigrants who help sustain our nation and uphold our country’s founding principles.  

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