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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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Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

Written by on July 25, 2014 in Children, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

More often than not, anti-immigrant groups use their hateful rhetoric to blame immigrants for all of our nation’s ills. On a regular basis, restrictionist groups release reports that portray immigrants as criminals, terrorists, a threat to American workers, an economic and fiscal burden, or an obstacle to national unity, to mention just a few. The [...]

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Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Border, Children with 4 Comments
Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

More than half of the unaccompanied Central American children who are in U.S. custody after crossing the U.S. border could be found eligible for relief by a U.S. immigration judge, according to an assessment by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).  This assessment is particularly timely, as several members of Congress [...]

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Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court

Written by on July 18, 2014 in Children, Courts with 1 Comment
Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court

As the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the United States border has increased, some lawmakers have argued that children frequently disappear into the woodwork, and propose mandatory detention as a solution. Some say as many as 90 percent fail to attend their immigration court hearings. Yet government data recently published by Syracuse University’s Transactional [...]

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HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Border, Children, Congress with 2 Comments
HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Texans Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Sen. John Cornyn (R) will soon introduce a bill that expedites the removal of unaccompanied children from Central America. Their measure, the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, is a legislative attempt to change U.S. policies so that children from countries like Honduras and Guatemala who [...]

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Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Border, Children, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Administration’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian situation as children and families flee violence in Central America. While the committee nominally addressed only the funding request, the president’s stated intention to ask for more “discretion in processing” children also was a [...]

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The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

Written by on July 10, 2014 in Border, Children with 0 Comments
The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

What is our obligation as a country to the unaccompanied child migrants at our border? This seemingly straightforward question is frequently lost among the political debate surrounding the humanitarian challenge at our southern border. In a recent Senate homeland security committee hearing, several senators focused only on how to deter the child migrants. Sen. Johnson [...]

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Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of All Children Facing Deportation

Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of All Children Facing Deportation

The thousands of children fleeing violence and persecution and seeking refuge in the United States have brought to the forefront the issue of how our immigration system deals with children. The current system subjects kids to the same deportation laws as adults. They are ordered to appear in immigration court, where they face off against [...]

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America’s Past Treatment of Central Americans Serves as Cautionary Tale

Written by on July 8, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
America’s Past Treatment of Central Americans Serves as Cautionary Tale

The Obama administration has put forth a plan on how to respond to the thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the administration plans to take a hard-line approach that is focused on deporting the vast majority of the children and families [...]

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New Report Helps Explain Why Central American Children Are Leaving Their Home Countries

New Report Helps Explain Why Central American Children Are Leaving Their Home Countries

Ever since President Barack Obama described the record number of minors traveling alone and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as an “urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response,” the debate about how to address the unaccompanied migrant children has become increasingly heated, especially about the reasons leading them to come here. News reports [...]

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