American Bar Association
Immigration & Naturalization Committee

Immigration & Naturalization Committee

About the Committee

The Immigration and Naturalization Committee's mission is to promote the rule of law by bringing together private and public sector lawyers, government lawyers, students, academics and others across the globe with a common interest in immigration. Our objectives are to develop awareness of immigration issues around the world, and to encourage discussion of legal issues in particular jurisdictions. Among our projects, we produce quarterly newsletters, develop programs on key legal issues in the field for ABA meetings, propose and comment on immigration policy matters, and establish worldwide networks of legal professionals among ABA members.

If you are not already a member of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee, we encourage you to join. In the fast-paced arena of immigration law, this committee is a great place to stay apprised, participate, analyze and discuss immigration issues with members around the world. We welcome you to join our listserve, attend our programs, and contribute to our Quarterly Newsletter and Year-in-Review article.

NEW - Spring Newsletter Now Online!

The Spring Issue 2018 of the Immigration
and Nationality Law News, published by ABA's
Immigration and Naturalization Committee is here!

This issue focuses on nationalism and its effects on immigration practice and the change of immigration law across the world. This Spring
Issue highlights the recent developments in
the field of immigration law in the U.S., Australia,Canada, the UK, India and Switzerland.

Specifically, this issue contains:
• Chair's Note by Audrey Lustgarten;
• The U.S. Nationalist Movement's Impact on Business Immigration - By Lauren K. Ross;
• Australia Changes its Employer Sponsored
Visa Programme – By Rebecca Macmillan;
• Changes to the Immigration Regime in India–By Poorvi Chothani and Ashwina Pinto;
• Integration in Canadian Immigration Law
– By Jacqueline Rose Bart and Clara Morrissey;
• Nationalism in the UK: The Effect of the Nationlist Movement on UK Immigration Policy and Laws – By Jennifer Stevens and Fay Robinson;
• Switzerland – A Move Away from Globalization Towards an Economic Nationlism – By Stefan Mueller and Laura Fontana;
• Past Events - ABA Section of International Law 2018 Annual Conference, April 17-21, 2018.

Join Us



Syed, Mohammad
Taylor, Margaret


Bart, Jacqueline
Chothani, Poorvi
Fandl, Kevin
Jacobson, Michelle
Karas, Sergio
Klug, Noah
Mueller, Stefan
Pinto, Elissa
Schlossberg, Betina
Stevens, Jennifer
Sull, Hardeep

Committee Roster  

The Immigration & Nat'n Committee Speaker Series

Committee Events

The U.S. Supreme Court Considers Immigration: 2017-2018 Term

June 6, 2018

Audio File of Event Available here:

Please join our distinguished panel for a discussion of three cutting-edge immigration cases the U.S. Supreme Court considered this term.

  • Sessions v. Dimaya, 138 S. Ct. 1204 (2018) Deeming an Immigration and Nationality Act crime of violence provision unconstitutionally vague;
  • Jennings v. Rodriguez, 138 S. Ct. 830 (2018) Holding that the Government is not required to limit the detention time of a noncitizen seeking entry into the United States to 6 months or to provide periodic bond hearings;
  • In re: United States, 138 S. Ct. 371, 443 (Dec. 2017) Preliminary orders pertaining to challenges to the Government's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA or Dreamers program).

Distinguished Panel Members Leon Fresco – Partner, Holland & Knight; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General,U.S. Department of Justice; former Staff Director for the Senate Judiciary Committee’sSubcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security

John Blakeley – Speaking exclusively in his personal capacity Assistant Director, Appellate Team, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division,U.S. Department of Justice

Derek Julius – Speaking exclusively in his personal capacity Assistant Director, Litigation Team, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator Margaret “Peggy” Taylor – Participating exclusively in her personal capacity Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division,U.S. Department of Justice

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m., E.T. Where: Teleconference – Please join by calling: (515) 604-9373 (or international local-toll dial-in numbers: Access code: 297004.

Section Events

Newsletters and Publications

Recent Cases of Interest

Committee Resources

Modified by Adam Vogel on June 26, 2018

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