The task force, part of the ABA's section of individual rights and responsibilities, is composed of prominent attorneys from around the country. Its mandate is to identify and examine problematic areas of American immigration law and to make policy recommendations for adoption by the ABA.
Currently, the task force is reviewing the issue of whether unaccompanied minors have a right to appointed counsel in deportation proceedings. It is also expected to examine two 1996 laws which gave unprecedented powers to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and contained highly controversial provisions such as mandatory detention, retroactive deportation laws, elimination of judicial review, and elimination of discretionary relief from deportation.
The task force may also examine allegations of racial profiling by INS and racial disparities in immigration law enforcement.
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