Immigration Law Section

This section provides members the opportunity to exchange information with other immigration law practitioners and provides a newsletter to members on both federal and State immigration laws. It also provides annual CLE programming on immigration law.

Immediate Past Chair
Immigration Law Offices of Steven...
P.O. Box 60920
Nashville, TN 37206
Twitter: abogado_esteban
Facebook: sjsimmigrationlaw/
Olsen Law Firm
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Sengkhounmany Law
745 S. Church St., Ste. 303
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

State, Federal Judges Call on ICE to End Courthouse Arrests

Dozens of retired state and federal judges this week called on U.S. immigration officials to stop making courthouse arrests of people suspected of being in the country illegally, The Associated Press reports. Nearly 70 former judges from 23 states — including federal judges and state Supreme Court justices — said in a letter sent to Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello that courthouse arrests are disrupting the criminal justice system. The judges are urging Vitiello to add courthouses to the list of so-called “sensitive locations” that are generally free from immigration enforcement, like schools and places of worship.

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Immigration Group Updates Standards for Detention of Immigrant Children

The ABA’s Commission on Immigration on Friday released updated standards for the detention, care and legal representation of unaccompanied immigrant minors, The ABA Journal reports. The standards, which are meant to offer guidance to federal agencies and contractors that handle immigrants, reflect more than two years of collaboration between the commission and outside advocates. The first set of such standards were published in 2004, and since then the number of migrant children has increased substantially. The custody standards include guidance that there should be a legal presumption against detention and in favor of family reunification, both of which are assumed to be in the best interests of the child. Legal proceedings on the child’s immigration status should be prompt, fair and ideally on a special docket for unaccompanied minors.
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