Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Report on Unaccompanied Minors

A Child Alone and Without Papers, released today by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), reveals what happens to more than 43,000 undocumented, unaccompanied children removed annually from the United States and repatriated to their home countries. Policy analysis and interviews with adults and children in the system revealed the U.S. often compromises children's rights, safety, and well-being, contrary to international law and U.S. child welfare standards.


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"Unaccompanied minors" do not come to the United States on their own. In almost every case, a parent has paid a smuggler to bring the minor to the United States in violation of law. The parents (and not the United States) compromise the rights, safety and well-being of their own children, in violation of their responsibilities as parents.

Why is it that we only hear about "unaccompanied minors" when they are caught?
What about the "unaccompanied minors" that are successfully smuggled into the United States?

The parents, much like drug users, fuel the smuggling trade in "unaccompanied minors." Only by arresting and deporting the parents, will this illegal trade begin to dry up.

The alien smuggler, paid by the parents, is only vilified when he is unsuccessful.

The "unaccompanied minor" meme is a really a scam, because both parents and smugglers know that a minor is less likely to be detained and removed if he or she is unaccompanied.

The CPPP article is, in reality, part of the smuggler's tool kit.

If the readers of this blog really wanted to end the "unaccompanied minor" problem, they agree with me that the prime movers (the parents) must be prosecuted aggressively so that this practice is immediately ended.

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Nov 13, 2008 7:41:22 PM

Newsweek has run a story on this report.

Posted by: KJ | Nov 14, 2008 6:56:13 AM

For more commentary on the report, see IntLawGrrls

Posted by: KJ | Nov 15, 2008 4:45:34 AM

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