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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...

New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court: TRAC

" Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. As of the end of June 2014, the more than 100,000 case records obtained and analyzed...

El Paso Businesswoman Opens Shelter for Central American Refugee Children

"A successful El Paso businesswoman, moved by images of children sleeping one on top of the other on concrete floors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cells, is trying to turn the former corrections facility into a home for immigrant children. “Our community has been able to come...

The Border Children: They Are Not Criminals and They Need Counsel - Geoffrey A. Hoffman

"Our nation's response to this humanitarian crisis at the border has not been clear or coherent. From the right and left the voices which have defined the debate have been guilty of the same underlying misconception: that these children must be "criminals" and that they need to be...

Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

"Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care...

Criticism arises after children are rushed to see immigration judges

"Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended at the border are being placed first in line to go before U.S. immigration judges under a new federal policy, prompting criticism from attorneys who say some immigrants have been given less than 48 hours to appear in court in states far from where they...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

AFL-CIO Calls For Refugee Solution to Border Kids Crisis

"The growing number of families and children fleeing violence in Central America and turning themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Southern border has become a pressing humanitarian concern at the international, national and local levels. There is clear evidence that violence and the...

Unaccompanied Alien Children: Current Law Governing Removal from the United States and Selected Legislative Proposals

"Recent reports about the increasing number of alien minors apprehended at the U.S. border without a parent or guardian sparked heightened attention on the treatment of “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) under federal immigration law. In recent weeks, several legislative proposals...

ABA President: More Lawyers Needed for Central American Refugee Children (Q&A)

"James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, said this week that the legal issues facing migrant children in Texas from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are huge. Silkenat, a New York corporate attorney, took a small team of lawyers and an interpreter to visit children and a federal...

Rocket Docket Immigration Court Hearings for Refugee Children (Video)

"AILA Southern California Chair Heather Poole joins us to discuss due process violations happening as California accelerates master calendar notifications for unaccompanied children." - AILA, Aug. 5, 2014 .

Obama's 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Children 'Shameful'

"Responding to a flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the border in the last year, Miami's immigration court has instituted a "rocket docket,'' assigning three judges to exclusively handle cases involving the youths and decide up to 150 cases a day. ... The rocket dockets were...

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...