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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Children, Courts with 5 Comments
How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members [...]

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New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

Written by on October 14, 2014 in Children, Courts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 2 Comments
New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

As many of the unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S-Mexico border earlier this summer navigate the immigration court system, recent government numbers confirm that the vast majority are showing up for their immigration hearings. Data released by the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) shows that between July 18 and the end of September, [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Children, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

The nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long blamed children for the costs of their own educations. Whether focusing its ire on immigrant children or the U.S.-born children of immigrants, FAIR is routinely outraged at how many taxpayer dollars are devoted to teaching these children to read, write, and count. So it should [...]

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Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

With immigration legislation now moribund in Congress, all eyes have turned to the White House to see what sorts of non-legislative fixes to the immigration system might be implemented by the Obama administration. While the administration’s deliberations remain private, it is almost certain that one of the fixes being contemplated is the granting of a [...]

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11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I [...]

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States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Written by on August 8, 2014 in Border, Children with 1 Comment
States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Many of the Central American children who crossed the U.S. border after fleeing their home countries are being placed with family members and sponsors across the country as they await hearings to adjudicate their claims to stay in the U.S., and some states and cities are welcoming them. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who released [...]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from [...]

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Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Written by on July 30, 2014 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 14 Comments
Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus convened a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to add another dimension to the the ongoing debate around unaccompanied children from Central America arriving in large numbers at our southern border. Three children, who were once unaccompanied minors from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, testified to the violence they [...]

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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Children, Hearings with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion [...]

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Sealed UNHCR Report Warns of Poor Protections for Unaccompanied Mexican Children

Written by on July 28, 2014 in Children, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Sealed UNHCR Report Warns of Poor Protections for Unaccompanied Mexican Children

As the Obama administration struggles to fashion a humane yet practical response to the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America, the president’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with the situation is becoming entangled with the fate of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. More precisely, a number of lawmakers—including [...]

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