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Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Written by on June 26, 2015 in Children with 1 Comment
Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Last summer, the flow of Central Americans seeking refuge in the United States—many of them children—reached its height. One of the government’s first responses to the increased numbers was to reinstitute family detention, with the opening of a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, one year ago tomorrow. Today, the flow at our southern border […]

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Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Students, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the first place winner of the 18th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest inspires educators to bring U.S. immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and to explain, in […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Children, Deportation with 2 Comments
Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that since 2013, more than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported after missing a hearing in immigration court, according to government data. Immigration advocates and attorneys have raised the alarm that many children who never received notice of their hearings nonetheless are ordered deported for failing to appear […]

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House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

The House Judiciary Committee devoted two days this week to the markup of three enforcement-only immigration bills. The legislation would strip much-needed protections from an already vulnerable population–including children and asylum seekers–impact the agriculture industry, place burdensome requirements on small business owners, and cost the American taxpayer a lot of money. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

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What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

Written by on February 20, 2015 in Children with 1 Comment
What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

The children who leave behind their homes in Central America and Mexico and undergo the dangerous and sometime fatal journey into the United States are not doing so on a whim. Most are fleeing conditions that are life threatening: violence committed by gangs that act with impunity, violence committed within the home (including physical abuse […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Written by on February 6, 2015 in Children, Courts, Deportation, Immigration Law with 6 Comments
Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Since the government began “prioritizing” the deportation of unaccompanied children and mothers with children last summer, legal service providers and other court observers across the country have reported that immigration judges are giving children less time to find attorneys before moving forward in their cases. Now, children without attorneys are being forced to explain why, […]

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White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Children, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

President Obama requested $1 billion in his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal to address the root causes of unaccompanied children fleeing to the United States. Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan for these funds in a New York Times op-ed, saying that “[a]s we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed […]

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How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Children, Family with 1 Comment
How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

While the President’s recent executive actions will help some parents of U.S. citizens, current border removal policies continue to separate U.S. citizen children from their parents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Using data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors calculated that 15 percent (or 101,900) of migrants removed […]

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