Tag Archives: UACs

Judge’s Order Spells End to U.S. Family Detention Program

Last month, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to release “without unnecessary delay” the mothers and children that it began detaining en masse last summer; it remains to be seen whether the government will fully comply with the judge’s order by the court-imposed deadline of October 23. Immigration attorneys and advocates have long condemned […]

Lessons and Concerns: The Differences Between the Response to Unaccompanied Child Migrants in 2014 and 2015

During the summer of 2014, the United States saw an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border without their parents. U.S Customs and Border Protection reports a 48 percent decrease in Southwest Border apprehensions of unaccompanied child migrants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 compared to from FY 2014. While this is a […]

U.S. Immigration Courts Stretched to Breaking Point, With No Relief in Sight

With a greater number of cases awaiting adjudication than ever before, there is a due process crisis in U.S. immigration courts.  While challenges within the system have been growing for years, recent systemic changes implemented after the arrival of record numbers of Central American children last year have only exacerbated existing problems.  It is unclear […]

Protections for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children Are At Risk, Again

Juan journeyed to the United States from his native El Salvador at the age of 13 after experiencing years of familial neglect and threats from armed gang members.  When Juan was an infant, his father abandoned him and his mother, claiming that Juan was not his son and refusing to have any further contact with […]

Weakening Legal Protections for Unaccompanied Minors Is Not the Answer

Imagine you are a child from Honduras.  Your hometown is the murder capital of the world, and after numerous run-ins with vicious gangs who attempt to compel membership through death threats, you make the unbearable decision to travel 1,500 miles alone to safety in the United States.  You travel for weeks, risking your life riding […]

Why Are Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Central America, and How Can the U.S. and Others Respond?

The number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the southern border of the United States has been growing exponentially in recent years, finally reaching a tipping point in the past several weeks.  After a record-breaking almost 25,000 unaccompanied minors were taken into the care of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in fiscal year 2013, […]