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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Children, Hearings with 0 Comments
Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Earlier this week, it was reported that in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived at our border seeking protection from severe violence at home, government agencies released some children to human traffickers and abusers. These children were forced to live and work in dangerous conditions. At the time, the government agency which released […]

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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Written by on December 21, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection released statistics showing an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southwest border in October and November 2015. In those two months alone, over 10,000 unaccompanied children arrived, a 106 percent increase from the same time the prior year. Similarly, there was an increase in […]

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Children, Deportation with 0 Comments
Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Last summer, the U.S. government decided to prioritize the deportations of unaccompanied children and of families with children in response to increased numbers of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Children’s cases were conducted on an expedited schedule, or “rocket docket,” that left children with little time to try to find an […]

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Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 17, 2015 in Economics, Students with 1 Comment
Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many foreign students go […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

Written by on October 22, 2015 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

This week, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held yet another hearing to examine the causes and implications of the high rate of migration from Central America, mainly from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) opened the hearing by framing it as a border security […]

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Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Written by on October 16, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Although their numbers have declined this year, unaccompanied children (UACs) from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands. Many—particularly those from Central America—are refugees fleeing horrific levels of violence in their home countries. Others might more properly be termed “economic migrants” trying to escape severe poverty. […]

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