Immigration Law

ABA President Weighs In on Matter of M-S-

Robert M. Carlson, Apr. 23, 2019

"Dear Attorney General Barr: On behalf of the American Bar Association, I write to express our serious concerns regarding your decision in Matter of M-S-, which removes the right of certain asylum seekers to receive a bond hearing before an immigration judge. This decision will result in an increase in lengthy and unnecessary detention of vulnerable asylum seekers at significant cost to the government, and we urge you to reconsider it. ... The decision in Matter of M-S- will exacerbate the negative impact of policies adopted over the past two years that have undermined meaningful access and protections for refugees and asylum seekers in our country. We urge you to reconsider it and restore the longstanding authority of immigration judges to adjudicate bond determinations for eligible asylum seekers."