Tag: Unaccompanied Children

June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020
  • According to unpublished government data obtained by CBS News, the United States allowed only 39 unaccompanied migrant children to stay in the country in the month of May when there were over 1,000 arrests of unaccompanied children. Jennifer Nagda, a policy director at the Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, argues that because of these record-low rates, the Office of Refugee Resettlement can and should offer refuge to unaccompanied children during the pandemic, as the Office now has ample bed capacity.

Tags: Apprehensions, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Unaccompanied Children

June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020
  • The ACLU, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Oxfam America file the first lawsuit against the border shutdown policy, representing a 16-year-old Honduran boy being held in CBP custody and threatened with expulsion despite fleeing severe persecution. The suit argues that the public health law doesn’t create a separate immigration process and that the Trump administration is illegally using it to create one.

Tags: Asylum, Honduras, Migration, Public Health, Unaccompanied Children

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020
  • UNICEF releases a report regarding the over 1,000 unaccompanied children expelled to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras since March. UNICEF calls on the U.S. to end the deportations of unaccompanied children, as well as those “without prior adequate protection and health screenings.” UNICEF urges governments to take additional concrete measures to protect the wellbeing of uprooted children in general.

Tags: Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, Unaccompanied Children

Pandemic as Pretext: Trump Administration Exploits COVID-19, Expels Asylum Seekers and Children to Escalating Danger

May 13, 2020

Published by Human Rights First on May 13, 2020.

A current overview of how the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, including blanket expulsions of asylum-seeking Mexicans and Central Americans, including unaccompanied children, is worsening the humanitarian situation along the border.

Tags: Asylum, Crimes Against Migrants, Public Health, Remain in Mexico, Unaccompanied Children

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020
  • Human Rights First releases a report on the life-threatening dangers and appalling conditions faced by asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children blocked from seeking protection. The report argues that the CDC order has no public health rationale, and numerous public health experts stress that fair treatment of refugees, as required under U.S. law, does not undermine efforts to combat the virus. 

Tags: Asylum, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, Unaccompanied Children

May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020
  • Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus denounce the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) delay in releasing children with pending Remain in Mexico cases. Under the CDC’s March order, the number of unaccompanied minors held by ORR has plummeted to as low as 58 in April, as minors are being expelled shortly after CBP receives them instead. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Remain in Mexico, Unaccompanied Children

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020
  • The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations holds a hearing to examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to prevent child deaths in custody. Six migrant children died in government custody between September 2018 and May 2019, the first such deaths in a decade. The hearing focused on Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, who died of the flu on May 20, 2019. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) says DHS has “consistently failed to maintain transparency by stymieing congressional inquiries… concerns that they are hiding serious issues with management.”

Tags: Congress, Human Rights, Organizational Culture, Unaccompanied Children