The nation’s immigration system is in “crisis” with courts struggling to cope with mounting caseloads, an American Bar Association representative told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Our immigration system is in crisis, overburdened and under-resourced, leading to the frustration of those responsible for its administration and endangering due process for those who appear before it,” Karen Grisez, chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration, told the panel written testimony, according to an ABA Journal article.
Between 1996 and 2009 the number of non-citizens removed from the country increased more than 450 percent, she testified, without any commensurate additional resources for immigration courts.
The ABA has urged U.S. lawmakers to eliminate the existing immigration courts system and replace it with a new, independent court. You can learn more about those ABA recommendations from Gavel Grab. The ABA is a Justice at Stake partner.