Sixty child advocacy organizations across the nation, including the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, have signed on to a joint statement, “On This We Agree: Children Require Special Care,” calling for the protection of children within the U.S. immigration system.
The statement outlines five general principles that immigration law and policy should uphold when dealing with children:
1. Children are different from adults and should be afforded special protections.
2. Children cannot have a fair immigration proceeding without a legal representative.
3. Children need time to establish trust.
4. Safety must be a paramount concern when investigating each child’s unique story.
5. The government should not disrupt the parent-child relationship except in extraordinary circumstances, and only then to protect the child’s safety.
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