Tag Archives: unaccompanied minors

End of DACA Program Turns DREAMers’ Lives to Nightmares

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s decision to make good on a campaign promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, throwing hundreds of thousands of young immigrants’ lives into chaos and passing the hot potato of potential immigration reform back to Congress. Created by […]

Border walls overlook the realities of migrant deaths, shifting demographics, and humanitarian crises

By Sara Staedicke President Trump’s Executive Order promising to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border was intended to portray the President as a man of action following through on his campaign promises. But how effective would a southern border wall be in practice? Experience tells us that walls fail to prevent migration […]

‘Tell Me How It Ends’: Insights into the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

In March 2015, Valeria Luiselli began volunteering as an interpreter for unaccompanied children appearing before the New York City immigration court. A Mexican writer and novelist, Luiselli’s only previous experience with the U.S. immigration system involved her own green card application (then still pending). She was captivated by the news stories she heard about tens […]

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 […]

Stories that have never been told: refugee kids and an artist beyond words

Rasmus Sørinus Jensen is a Danish dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Over the last five years he travelled throughout the Middle East with a Danish programme which engages children all around the world in storytelling in order to connect with each other. Jensen’s work aimed to encourage children in refugee camps to express themselves, adjust to […]

Family Detention: Are We Repeating the Mistakes of Hutto?

While much recent media attention has focused on the influx of 62,998* unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S., the number of family border crossings has spiked as well. In fact, recent reports from Customs and Border Protection show that the number of family units apprehended in 2014 has reached over 62,000,* which is a 471% […]

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 […]

A Nation of Immigrants that Hates Newer Immigrants?

In a recent segment on his show, Jon Stewart, satirically addresses different discussion points concerning the “border crisis” on the U.S./Mexico border, especially in regards to the surge of unaccompanied child migrants. Within this segment he comments, “We have always been a nation of immigrants that hates newer immigrants.” While the U.S. is a nation […]

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, […]

The Rapid Rise of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Each year, thousands of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) risk harrowing journeys and travel alone to seek refuge in the United States. These children come from all over the world for many reasons, including to escape persecution in their home countries, to reunify with family members and to look for a better life. In recent years, […]