Friday, July 11, 2014

It's The Law, Stupid, Now Obey It! Protecting the Human Rights of Unaccompanied Youth at the Border By Nativo Vigil Lopez©

How many times have we heard politicians declare continually that this is a nation of laws, especially as this pertains to immigration? How many times have they repeatedly howled about the RULE OF LAW? Well, this is exactly the retort to those who complain about the unaccompanied minors reaching the U.S. border seeking refugee from the orgy of violence prevalent in their countries of origin.

The reference is to H.R. 7311, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 introduced by former Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA-28), which became Public Law No: 110-457 on December 23, 2008. It was signed by President George W. Bush prior to leaving office. This is a comprehensive law, which amended previous statutes related to combating international trafficking in persons, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2000 and 1961, and has legal implications both within and without the U.S.

For the rest of this article, and a summary of the provisions governing the treatment of unaccompanied minors in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, click here.


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