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Child Deportees Shot, Killed Upon Return to Honduras: 'They Return Just to Die'

"Like thousands of other undocumented Honduran children deported after having journeyed unaccompanied to the U.S., Sosa faces perilous conditions in the violent neighborhood from which he sought to escape. "There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed...

Refugee Kids Still Being Fast-Tracked for Deportation

"As tens of thousands of Central Americans face expedited deportation hearings across the nation, the first wave of cases in New Jersey involving parents and their children began last week in Newark. A judge informed 18 families who were apprehended in May they would need to return to court with...

Survey: The Kids are Refugees; Let Them Stay

"Most Americans say the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America are refugees fleeing danger at home. And they say the United States should support these children while reviewing their cases, not deport them immediately. These largely sympathetic views come from all...

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is referring to it—is slated for a 50-acre site...

Holder: Lawyers for Refugee Kids a 'Moral Obligation'

"Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border — even as his department takes the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the Hispanic National Bar Association that, “Though...

Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases: OCIJ Letter

"This summer, we added new priorities to our pre-existing priority for detained cases. These new priorities include cases involving unaccompanied children (UCs), adults with children who are detained (AWC/D) and adults with children who are released as an alternative to detention (AWC/ATD). The...

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

"In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally. Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly...

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel

"Inside a courthouse in downtown Manhattan, an immigration court crisis plays out in vivid scenes. Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them in a foreign language through an interpreter. And the children at the center of it all...

A Life-Or-Death Struggle for Asylum in America

"While other kids enjoyed summer break, a teenager with more on her mind slipped into her only dressy jacket and traveled south to Anaheim, to a nondescript building housing the local office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lithe and athletic, the girl knew she’d be less than...

ICE Starts School for Kids Locked Up at Artesia

In order to try to avoid Hutto-like litigation , ICE is attempting to comply with New Mexico state law by giving classes to kids locked up at Artesia.

ORR Social Worker at Jail for Refugee Kids: "I Wanted No Part of It Any Longer"

"It was the summer of 2014 when I finally realized what I was being asked to do: incarcerate children. I was 22, new to social work, and working in Seattle at a 20-bed facility that houses 12- to 17-year-old immigrant youths. It’s funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. ... I...

A Child, an Immigration Hearing, and a Doctor's Testimony

"In New York and Los Angeles, partnerships between pediatricians, psychologists, and legal clinics help unaccompanied minors prepare for the courtroom." - Jenny Gold, The Atlantic, Dec. 8, 2014 .

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps

"Over the next year, most of the families who are currently in detention will wend their way through the refugee system. Some will be released on bond to await their asylum hearing; others will remain in custody until their hearings are complete. Those without an attorney will most likely fail to...

Representation is Key in Immigration Proceedings Involving Women with Children: TRAC

"New data tracking the processing of "women with children" cases by the Immigration Court's new priority docketing system provide details on how these cases are proceeding. As of the end of January 2015, a total of 26,342 removal proceedings involving women with children had been flagged...

DOJ to Court Watchers: 'Move Along, Nothing to See Here'

"The Justice Department said Thursday that it will block video recordings of next month’s closing arguments in a Seattle court case that addresses the rights of child migrants to legal counsel in deportation proceedings. A DOJ spokesperson said the prohibition is only intended to protect the...

15 Journalists Selected for Immigration Fellowship - IJJ

"Fifteen journalists have been selected for a fellowship program on the educational, economic and social issues faced by immigrant children and their families. The Institute for Justice & Journalism is conducting its annual fellowship training program at Georgia State University in Atlanta,...

Refugee Kids Face Uneven Justice

"After fleeing Central America, child migrants now face a very uneven brand of justice in U.S. immigration courts, where access to a lawyer and the location of the court itself are often the deciding variables in who stays and who doesn’t. A POLITICO analysis of government data shows that...

7,000 Refugee Kids Ordered Deported Without Going to Court

"More than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported without appearing in court since large numbers of minors from Central America began illegally crossing the U.S. border in 2013, federal statistics show. The high number of deportation orders has raised alarm among immigrant advocates...

Seattle Judge Weighs Right to Attorney for Kids in Deportation

"U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly heard arguments on the government’s motion to dismiss the case. Zilly’s questions focused on his jurisdiction to decide this broad issue, and how kids are handled in immigration court. Government attorneys argued safeguards are in place to help...

The Kids Aren't Alright - But They Could Be: The Impact of DAPA on Children

"In this brief, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration takes a closer look at the significant economic and social impacts of DAPA on an estimated 5.5 million U.S. citizen children. The brief presents national level data with a special focus on California, where 30% of the country’s...

ABA President: Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids "Inconsistent with Fundamental Principles of Liberty"

"... Detention is neither effective nor justifiable as deterrence to migration of families and individuals fleeing violence. Such detention violates basic principles requiring that any deprivation of liberty be justified based on individual circumstances and instead serves an impermissible punitive...

Mar. 24, 2015 EOIR Memo: Docketing Practices Relating to UACs

Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children Released on Alternatives to Detention Cases in Light of the New Priorities "This memorandum supersedes the September 10, 2014 memorandum entitled "Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children...

Your Editor On The Road Today, Wed., Apr. 8, 2015

Teaching 'Immigration Law 101' to fifteen top journalists at: http://justicejournalism.org/events/journalism-fellowship-2015/ ... so posting may be light until tomorrow... Follow @IJJNews on Twitter, #IJJ15

Judge Keeps Alive Battle Over Counsel For Refugee Kids

"A Washington federal judge on Monday kept alive a class action seeking lawyers for immigrant children facing removal proceedings, but trimmed the suit of three of nine named plaintiffs and a count of violating the Immigration and Nationality Act. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly...