Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Guest post by Belzie Barillas, a rising 2L at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!”
I’m sure many at the sound of this tune picture family members singing the birthday song, eating some cake, and getting hugs from loved ones.
Now, imagine instead of a song, you get bombarded with men yelling at you to wake up in the middle of the night. Instead of cake, you are told to gather your things that is if they let you. Instead of a hug, you are told to place your hands behind your back, because you’re going to jail.
Unaccompanied alien children who seek a safe haven in the United States are placed in facilities under the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Then, on their 18th birthday, they are given over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be placed in a detention center.
Your 18th birthday is suppose to be something fun and memorable. A child should not be counting the days, minutes, seconds, milliseconds, to a year they consider “doomsday.”
Haven’t we learned? Tricks are for kids.
- posted by KitJ on behalf of Belzie Barillas