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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 5 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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Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Children, Congress, Executive Action, Hearings with 1 Comment
Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” […]

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State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

Written by on December 9, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

Last week, the U.S. Department of State announced the launch of its in-country refugee processing program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The program is part of the Obama Administration’s response to last summer’s influx of unaccompanied children and families fleeing to the United States from Central America and will work to “to provide a […]

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How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Economics, Students with 0 Comments
How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

International Education Week occurs the third week in November each year to highlight the advantages of international education and exchange in the United States and worldwide. In particular, International Education Week—a joint initiative between the State Department and Education Department—emphasizes the benefits of preparing more Americans for a global environment and attracting future leaders from […]

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Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Children, Department of Justice, Students with 3 Comments
Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

In the past year, more than 50,000 children have fled violence and persecution from Central America and Mexico and have crossed into the U.S. seeking protection. Most of them have been reunited with family members in America as they await their immigration court dates. In the meantime, our laws require that they attend school. While […]

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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Children, Courts with 6 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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