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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...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

Tech Power Couple Gives $500K to Help Refugee Kids, Moms

"Tech entrepreneur Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have donated $500,000 to support Central American children who have flocked to the U.S. in recent months, one of the largest known financial commitments by an individual to address impacts of the border crisis. The donation by the founder of Salesforce...

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...

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Has Receded from Headlines But Major Issues Remain

"The Central American flows have returned, at least for now, to their precrisis level, reducing the white-hot political and media focus. Underlying questions and challenges remain, however, concerning the fate of tens of thousands of newly arrived children and families now residing in the United...

Back to the Dark Ages? Obama's Hard Line on Refugees

"While we applaud the recent news that the Obama plan to allow 4,000 young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the United States (NYT, September 30, 2014), we remain concerned that the administration's hardline policy of penalizing mothers and children who...

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...

Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Responses

"This paper offers a comprehensive orientation to the recent surge in migration to the United States by unaccompanied children and families from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. To inform advocates and others working on behalf of these new...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding that the state’s policy...

Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges

"Migration affects millions of children and adolescents worldwide. Over the past decade, international bodies and agencies, governments, and civil society groups have increasingly engaged in dialogue on children and adolescents affected by migration—either their own or that of their parents...

MPI Webinar Tuesday, Mar. 31st - Child and Family Migration to the United States: Continuing Flows and Evolving Responses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 1:30 P.M. EDT / 12:30 P.M. CDT / 11:30 A.M. MDT / 10:30 A.M. PDT "The number of Central American unaccompanied children and family units arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has surged in recent years, reaching a peak of 137,000 in 2014. This inflow, expected...

Dallas Volunteers Assist Central American Asylum Applicants

"Once a month, lawyers, translators, schoolteachers and other volunteers gather at a free legal clinic at Catholic Charities in northeast Dallas. They listen to horrific stories from children who crossed the Texas border in unprecedented numbers last year seeking refuge from gang violence in Central...

DHS Statement on Jailing Refugee Moms, Kids

"ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it. We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes to families. Last summer we faced an unprecedented...

UN to Screen Central American Refugees: Kerry

Associated Press, Jan. 13, 2016 - "The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner...

The Paradox at the Heart of Obama’s Central American Refugee Policy

Dara Lind, Jan. 25, 2016 - "How dangerous does the United States government think El Salvador really is? Depending on how you look at it, the government's answer to that question is either nuanced or dangerously inconsistent. In January, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US will...

270+ Organizations Ask White House for TPS for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NIJC, Jan. 25, 2016 - "More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in light of pervasive...

Domestic, Sexual Violence Fuel Exodus from Central America

Pamela Constable, Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2016 - "One woman described being raped, strangled and bashed against a wall by the father of her twin boys. Two teenagers said they were forced to become sex slaves for gang members. A young mother was severely beaten by her ex-boyfriend and obtained...

Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Why They are Fleeing

Jonathan T. Hiskey, Ph.D., Abby Córdova, Ph.D., Diana Orcés, Ph.D. and Mary Fran Malone, Ph.D., Feb. 18, 2016 - "This report aims to investigate this assumption and answer two related questions: “What motivates Central Americans to consider migration?” and “What did...

Delays Dog Refugee Program; Applicants Turn to Smugglers

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 21, 2016 - "[P]arents frustrated by delays in the Central American Minors program are turning to smugglers. State Department officials said it takes about eight months on average to vet families, but acknowledged that after more than a year, among the...

Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families

Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D. & Tory Johnson, May 18, 2016 - "Over the last few years, the escalation of violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala (collectively known as the Northern Triangle of Central America) has reached dramatic levels. Thousands of women and their children have fled and...

U.S. Expands Initiatives To Address Central American Migration Challenges - DHS

DHS, July 26, 2016 - "Over the past year, the United States has taken a series of steps to address the ongoing humanitarian challenges in Central America, particularly for the many vulnerable individuals attempting to leave the region and come to the United States, while also promoting safe and...

Against Their Will, Refugees Flee Central America

Kirk Semple, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2016 - "[Interviews with migrants and their advocates suggest that families are fleeing — sometimes in groups of as many as 15 people — because they have no alternative. Gangs in certain communities in the Northern Triangle have become so merciless...

Expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program

State Department, Nov. 15, 2016 - "In July, the United States announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program to allow additional categories of applicants to apply for admission to the United States as a refugee, when accompanied by a qualifying child. This expansion builds on...

Coming to America: The difficult choices children face when seeking refuge from El Salvador's violence

Ana E. Azpurua and Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 23, 2017 - "Antonio wrestles with going to school or working to send money to his sick mother in El Salvador. He’s 18. Roxana has been so depressed about her rough life that she’s thought about ending it. She’s only...

Sec. Kelly Mulls Separating Refugee Moms, Kids to Deter Migration

Dianne Solis, Melissa Repko, Dallas Morning News, Mar. 7, 2017 - "Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday in Dallas that his agency may separate Central American parents from their children after they cross the U.S. border in an attempt to curtail migration that, again, is surging past...