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DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss how to more quickly return those children to their...

DACA Did Not Trigger New Wave of Child Migrants: Yale-Loehr

"I think it would fall in the category of unintended consequences," said Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at Cornell University Law School. "I think the president was clear in 2012 of what his executive action did and did not do. He did not intend to signal that other...

Stumbling Toward a Humanitarian Solution: Donald Kerwin

"[W]e do not yet know the mix of policy, operational and legal responses that will be needed to resolve this situation in a way that vindicates rights, respects the rule-of-law, and protects those in need. Three overarching considerations, however, should be taken into account in working toward...

The Most American of Stories

"The recent cascade of Central American children crossing the Rio Grande and surrendering as fast as they can to U.S. border patrol officers - in full knowledge that they won't immediately be sent back - has confounded our already stunted national debate on immigration. ... No mystery need enshroud...

Toolkit: Detained or Deported - What About My Children?

"Apprehended parents are not guaranteed a phone call to make care arrangements for their children. Children can end up in the child welfare system if both parents are apprehended, if the migrant is a single parent, or if another parent or caretaker doesn't know how to find them. Those children...

Violence the 'Overwhelming Factor' Pushing Kids Out of Central America: Bishop Mark Seitz

"Mr. Chairman, the ongoing generalized violence, leading to coercion and threats to the lives of citizens—particularly children—of these countries, is the overwhelming factor facing these children and propelling their migration. Extortion, family abuse and instability, kidnapping, threats...

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: The Most Vulnerable

"I run an organization that tries to make sure that these children, all of whom face deportation, have their best interests attended to by immigration judges and enforcement officials. The U.S. has a long tradition of offering refuge for those who fear for their safety, but there’s a gap in...

Obama to Congress: Deport the Kids

"Pesident Obama's surprise request that Congress give him authority to quickly deport thousands of Central American children illegally crossing the border is likely to renew the on-again, off-again immigration reform debate that many Republicans had hoped to avoid. The administration is asking...

Expert Yale-Loehr: What Obama Can and Cannot Do on Immigration

"The president can't bar people from applying for political asylum. Those guidelines are set by the United Nations Refugee Convention, which the United States has signed, said Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration attorney and professor at Cornell University Law School. ... Nor can he just load...

Snakes and Thorny Brush, and Children at the Border Alone

Hidalgo, Texas: "Border agents drove their patrol vehicles one recent day at dusk through this spit of land on the bank of the Rio Grande. Here, in a place known as the Devil’s Corner, smugglers on the Mexican side have chosen to bring thousands of women and children to American soil. After...

Obama Throws Kids Under Bus

"If Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP and wants to shift away from a policy that emphasizes deportations, it’s hard to explain why he is considering weakening a law intended to ensure that children aren’t removed to violent situations and to protect victims of child trafficking...

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...

Greenberg Traurig Fills Legal Need For Immigrant Kids

"Among Greenberg Traurig LLP's newest clients is an 11-year-old Ecuadorean boy who recently made a three-month journey to the U.S. in hopes of reuniting with his mother in California. Stopped last October by U.S. immigration officials at the Texas border, the child entered a complex bureaucracy...

Three Kids in Immigration Court

"Fusion attended one such court proceeding last week in Arlington, Va., to get an idea how children are being treated by the system— and whether they’re even showing up for their hearings. Of 15 cases on the judge’s docket that day, only one person — a 19-year-old facing...

Nazario: 'We Would Be Their Executioner' By Deporting Kids

A Pulitzer Prize winning author who followed the treacherous trip of a young Honduran boy to the United States said many of the children crossing the border today are refugees and should be treated as such. Sonia Nazario, who won the Pulitzer for a 2002 L.A. Times piece which eventually became the book...

Expert: U.S. Laws Not Drawing Kids to America

"Some experts say that the influx of kids has nothing to do with U.S. laws and everything to do with instability in Central America. “I think the administration has been doing as much as they can,” says Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law expert and adjunct professor at Cornell University’s...

EOIR: Put Kids At Top Of Immigration Court Docket

"As part of the administration’s efforts to deter the current surge of illegal Central American migrants, the nation’s immigration courts will make a major shift in priorities to place unaccompanied minors and families with children first in line to go before immigration judges, Justice...

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Kids in Immigration Court

"The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with...

'No Lawyer Will Stand With The Child'

"Plaintiffs are eight immigrant children, ranging in age from ten to seventeen. The Government has begun proceedings to deport each of them; they will soon be called to appear before an Immigration Judge. In court, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will be represented by a...

DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Kids at Border

"Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants;...

Nolan Rappaport: Is There A Better Way? - Meeting the Challenge of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border

Nolan Rappaport, former immigration counsel on the House Judiciary Committee representing the Democrats on the Immigration, Border Security, and Claims Subcommittee, recommends getting the UNHCR involved in addressing the current refugee crisis on our southern border.

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this as a refugee crisis, as the United Nations just...