Friday, July 18, 2014

Humanitarian Call to Action: Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border

The American Bar Association (ABA) through its Commission on Immigration (COI) is gravely concerned about the situation on the southwest border. This year there has been a dramatic increase in the number of adults, families and unaccompanied children from Central America crossing into Texas with some literally turning themselves over to Border Patrol Agents. We have all seen the images of children and families jailed in terrible conditions at Customs and Border Protection processing stations, held for days in freezing cold cells, sleeping on cement floors and receiving inadequate food, bedding and sanitation. These same individuals each face removal proceedings, either through immediate expedited removal proceedings or by the issuance of a charging document in immigration court. The ABA has worked on these issues for several years and continues to take action to address the current needs.

For details, see Download FINAL COI UAC Statement pdf


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