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Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Elvis Garcia is a migration counselor at the Catholic Charities Community Services of New York. He is also a former unaccompanied child who fled from his native Honduras in 2005 when he was 15 years old. Last week, Garcia and several others participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services to […]

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Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

Written by on July 27, 2015 in Children, Courts, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

A federal judge issued an order in the Flores case that should go a long way to ending the government’s practice of detaining children and their mothers in unlicensed, secure facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas. Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. […]

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Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

A recent U.S. government report found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported thousands of Mexican unaccompanied alien children (UACs) under age 14 in violation of its own policies, without adequately screening them for independent decision-making or their fear of returning to Mexico.

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Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Children, Deferred Action, USCIS with 0 Comments
Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

 This week, the federal government announced that it would take more aggressive steps to retrieve 2,600 3-year DACA grants, including launching home visits for a small number of people. This move stems from developments in Texas v. United States, the legal challenge to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents […]

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One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security committee held a hearing examining the U.S. government’s response to last year’s arrivals of unaccompanied children fleeing Central American violence. Despite continuing disagreements between Senators as to the cause of the increased numbers of children fleeing their homes, two solutions received uniform support from U.S. government officials: providing lawyers […]

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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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