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Immigration Law

ICE Isn’t Following its Own Handbook on How to Deport Kids

Aura Bogado, Reveal News, Apr. 25, 2018 - "An internal federal immigration handbook’s regulations outlining how minors “aging out” of custody are supposed to be treated contrasts starkly with realities on the ground, according to immigration advocates and a federal judge’s ruling. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found the handbook in the court files of a lawsuit brought by the National Immigrant Justice Center on behalf of a group of teenagers in Washington, D.C., last month. The handbook was published in September 2017 and addresses how ICE manages, processes and deports immigrant minors. The teens accuse U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of breakinga federal law requiring the agency to consider the “least restrictive setting” for unaccompanied minors who turn 18 in juvenile custody. They argue that ICE is automatically placing them in immigrant detention centers with adults instead of considering releasing them to a sponsor, a shelter or on their own recognizance. The judge’s recent ruling in that case deals solely with ICE’s failure to follow federal law on holding immigrants who turn 18. But it’s not the only place the 63-page Juvenile and Family Residential Management Unit Field Office Juvenile Coordinator Handbook conflicts with what advocates say children are experiencing."