ABA resolution calls for right to counsel in immigration cases

08/14/2017, Bar Effort, Immigration

At its 2017 annual meeting, the American Bar Association adopted Resolution 115, which supports a right to counsel "in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (in Immigration Courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals)."  It adds that if the federal government does not provide one, states and cities should provide such counsel.  It also urges that governments prioritize detained immigrants in removal proceedings.  

This resolution joins Resolution 112A, which was adopted in 2006 and called for a right to counsel in civil cases implicating "basic human needs."