April 18, 2018

ABA President Hilarie Bass testifies to Senate subcommittee about immigration courts

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 — Hilarie Bass, president of the American Bar Association, is scheduled to testify today before the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration of the Senate Judiciary Committee about “Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System.”

Her comments will focus on the need for major restructuring, recent challenges created by the lack of independence, and the importance of improving access to counsel and legal information. The ABA has endorsed the creation of an Article I court to replace the current immigration adjudication system

“The ABA believes that restructuring the immigration adjudication system into an independent Article I court and increasing access to counsel and legal information are the best solutions to promote independence, fairness, efficiency, and accountability in the system,” Bass said.

Read an advance copy of the testimony here.

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