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Law & Policy

Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice

By | Federal Policy, Immigration Enforcement, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

Empty Benches: Underfunding of Immigration Courts Undermines Justice

American Immigration Council (June 17, 2016)

The shortage of immigration judges is one of the major problems affecting the U.S. immigration system. Over the past decade, Congress has increased immigration enforcement funding exponentially, yet has not provided the immigration courts with the funding to respond, creating a major backlog that threatens the integrity of the immigration justice system.

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Forgotten Children of Immigration and Family Law: How the Absence of Legal Aid Affects Children in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Unaccompanied Minors

Forgotten Children of Immigration and Family Law: How the Absence of Legal Aid Affects Children in the United States

Mary O’Neill, Parisa Bagheri, and Alexis Sarnicola, Family Court Review (Oct 17, 2015)

Both unaccompanied alien children and citizen children whose parents are undocumented suffer without legal representation. This article examines their plight without legal advocacy. (Link provides abstract only without institutional or paid access.)

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A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies, and Responses

By | Deportation, Detention, Federal Policy, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Unaccompanied Minors

A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies, and Responses

American Immigration Council (June 2015)

This guide provides information about the tens of thousands of children who have fled their homes in Central America and arrived at our southern border. It seeks to explain the basics about who these children are, what happens to them when they arrive in the U.S., laws in place to help them, and proposed legislation to help these children.

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Special Provisions for Immigrant Youth: A Model State Statute

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Special Provisions for Immigrant Youth: A Model State Statute

American Friends Service Committee, Fordham Law School, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Rutgers University School of Law (February 2015)

This resource proposes model statutory language for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) legislation, with the aim of promoting both uniformity across jurisdictions and the right of all SIJS-eligible immigrant children to access their state court systems.

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In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors – CAM)

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Unaccompanied Minors

In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors – CAM)

Office of Refugee Resettlement (January 30, 2015)

Provides information about the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program which is implemented by the Department of State.

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A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy

A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action

American Immigration Council (November 30, 2014)

This guide provides an analysis of President Obama’s plan for immigration reform, including an overview of the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and information on the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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States and Status: A Study of Geographical Disparities for Immigrant Youth

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Legal/Law, Research, Resources, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), State Policies, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

States and Status: A Study of Geographical Disparities for Immigrant Youth

Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 46(266) (November 2014)

Written by Laila Hlass, this article discusses patterns in the number of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applicants across states and over time.

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Family and Juvenile Law: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the California Courts

By | Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), State Policies, State Policy, Unaccompanied Minors

Family and Juvenile Law: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the California Courts

Judicial Council of California (October 6, 2014)

California Senate Bill 873 clarifies the role and responsibility of the superior courts in making the findings needed for determining whether an individual is eligible for Special Immigration Juvenile Status. This report provides information regarding the background for this legislation as well as the efforts underway to assist the courts (i.e., providing education, resources, and other services).

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The ABCs of Representing Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings

By | Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Resources, Social Work, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Unaccompanied Minors

The ABCs of Representing Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration (October 2014)

These materials, from an October 2014 training, cover information on a range of topics related to representing unaccompanied immigrant children, including best practices for working with unaccompanied children, information on immigration law and removal proceedings, ethical considerations in representing unaccompanied minors, Special Immigration Juvenile Status, U and T Visas, and asylum law and initial jurisdiction issues.

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Applying the ICE Parental Interests Directive to Child Welfare Cases

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Federal Policy, ICE, Immigration Enforcement, Kinship Care, Law & Policy, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Parental Interests Directive, Practice, Resources, Social Work, Social Workers

Applying the ICE Parental Interests Directive to Child Welfare Cases

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (August 26, 2014)

This resource summarizes the key provisions of the Directive and provides tips to those working within the dependency system on how to best ensure an immigrant parent can meaningfully participate in the dependency proceedings.

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