"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 desire to find safety is the impetus for these children’s journeys to the United States. ... The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act grants the administration the authority to designate these children as “refugees,” and we urge President Obama to ensure all children who have survived trauma or persecution are afforded this designation and have their needs met through the established procedures of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The AFL-CIO rejects any proposed changes to current procedures and law that would limit due process for vulnerable populations at the border or run counter to established U.S. and international norms regarding the detainment of children and refugees. In particular, the essential protections in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act either should be strengthened or maintained, but under no circumstances should be rolled back." - AFL-CIO, July 31, 2014.