After the Earthquake -- Haitian Children in the United States

By Susana Barciela, Deborah Lee, Michelle Abarca and Cheryl Little, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center The Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center recently released a report titled After the Earthquake: Haitian Children Seeking Safety in the United States. It explains that, in the wake of Haiti’s...

Documentary: Children In No Man's Land

"CHILDREN IN NO MAN’S LAND is a documentary that uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States every year." - Children In No Man's Land - A Film by Anayansi Prado .

July 30th Panel: Unaccompanied Minors and Their Journey through the US Immigration System

Unaccompanied Minors and Their Journey through the US Immigration System When: Monday, July 30, 2012, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Where: Migration Policy Institute, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300 (Third Floor), Washington, DC 20036 Speakers: Michelle Brané, Director of the Detention and Asylum...

Violence in Central America Pushes Unaccompanied Kids Into USA

" Violence in three Central American countries is the primary reason behind a dramatic upsurge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the United States, and until conditions in these countries change substantially, this trend will be the new norm, cautions the...

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday...

Crossing Alone: Children Fleeing to U.S. Land in Shadowy System

"Record-breaking numbers of children and teens like Santos caught in the U.S. illegally without a parent or guardian are being swept into a strained and secretive federal detention network. Some 60,000 are expected this year - up from about 6,560 in 2011, according to government estimates. The unaccompanied...

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in US custody—has brought more and more shelters...

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians, social workers, and the nation as a whole." ...

Federal Partnership to Provide Lawyers for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

"The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps, and the Department of Justice today announced "justice AmeriCorps," a strategic partnership to increase national service opportunities while enhancing the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration...

Unaccompanied Minor Migrants Report Abuse by CBP; Complaint Filed

"Widespread abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children at the hands of U.S. border officials spurred a group of civil and human rights organizations to file a complaint today on behalf of more than 100 children, each of whom reported experiencing abuse and mistreatment while in the custody of U.S...

'Kids Will Go Free' Rumor is Unfounded

"[T]he speculation that these minors simply will be set free is unfounded. All of them are subject to deportation, and none are eligible for the administration’s Dream Act program, which allows some [unauthorized] youths to remain if they have lived in the United States for at least five years...

MPI Webinar June 25, 2014: Unaccompanied Minors - A Crisis with Deep Roots and No Simple Solutions

"Unaccompanied Minors: A Crisis with Deep Roots and No Simple Solutions When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:30 A.M. EDT; 8:30 A.M. CDT; 7:30 A.M. MDT; 6:30 A.M. PDT Speakers: Kathleen Newland, Director of Migrants, Migration, and Development Program, MPI Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director, U...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

Report: A Treacherous Journey - Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System

"CGRS and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have collaborated to produce an important report urging lawmakers to reform the U.S. immigration system for migrant children who are coming to our borders with surging frequency. They come, often unaccompanied by an adult, in search of safety, stability,...

DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA

"We analyzed these locations to determine the factors pushing child migration to the US Southwest Border. We assess these reasons vary regionally. For example, many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic opportunities in the US. Salvadoran and Honduran...

Attorneys Concerned About Legal Access For Migrant Kids

"So far the federal government has not allowed volunteer attorneys to visit the Nogales, Ariz. facility housing about 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children. Now, attorneys say upcoming changes could make it even harder for these children to get legal counsel before they are returned to their home...

Grandpa was 'Unaccompanied Minor' to U.S. - in 1907

"There are no easy answers to the problem of thousands of desperate children, many unaccompanied minors, fleeing chaos, violence and governmental collapse in Central America. Yet seeing some of my fellow Americans jeering busloads of frightened children and hearing commentators dismiss these children...

NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

"New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services. Three workers from the departments of Education and Health were sitting at a desk in the hallway of Immigration Court in downtown Manhattan this week in...