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U.S. Limits Protections for Some Migrant Children

by Kristina Cooke and Mica Rosenberg   on May 31, 2019   publication:

U.S. immigration authorities on Friday said the government would limit which migrant children who enter the country alone qualify for special protections in the United States, the latest move by the Trump administration to tighten immigration

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VisionQuest employees: ‘It’s not safe for us … How would it be safe for the kids?’

by Laura Benshoff   on May 23, 2019   publication:

On March 27, the employees of VisionQuest presented a united front. Sitting together during a contentious four-hour community meeting in North Philadelphia, they cheered on their employer and asked for a chance to work with

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NPR “Up First” – Wendy Young (May 21, 2019)

by Joel Rose   on May 21, 2019   publication:

KIND’s, Wendy Young, speaks to NPR’s, Joel Rose about the 5th child who has died under U.S. custody and the critical need to provide care to children from the moment they are taken into U.S.

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How Legal Aid Groups Built An Army To Help Migrant Kids

by Nicole Narea   on May 19, 2019   publication:

Judges have recognized a minor’s right to counsel nearly across the board in civil proceedings — except in the immigration courts. Last year, children as young as toddlers made headlines when they appeared alone in

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L.A. wary of adding money to legal defense fund for migrants and refugees

by Dakota Smith   on May 17, 2019   publication:

Activists and attorneys urged Los Angeles city officials Thursday to renew funding for a legal defense program for migrants.   The L.A. Justice Fund, a city- and county-backed program that was launched after President Trump took

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Lindsey Graham’s Immigration Bill Would Harm Children And Not Deter Immigrants

by Angelina Chapin   on May 15, 2019   publication:

A new bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would harm undocumented immigrant children by detaining them for longer periods and allowing immigration officials to send them back to life-threatening situations in their home countries. Immigrant

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Child Health Experts: Border Officials Ignored Our Advice

by National Journal   on May 13, 2019   publication:

Pediatric health experts and immigration advocates say a recent Homeland Security Department advisory panel report “dehumanizes” children and is filled with “crazy” recommendations. That may not seem surprising-except these advocacy groups and health care associations

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Melania’s latest move in ‘Be Best’ campaign is sit-down with Microsoft president Brad Smith – who chairs group that defends immigrant kids from deportation and battles Trump child separation policy

by Geoff Earle   on May 10, 2019   publication:

First Lady Melania Trump sat down with Microsoft President Brad Smith to discuss online safety – but the exec’s other prominent pursuit is battling the Trump administration’s child separation policy. The first lady tweeted out an image

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Why can’t immigrant teens be with sponsors, foster families? Attorneys push for changes

by Suzanne Gamboa   on May 3, 2019   publication:

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas attorney, who secured the release of an immigrant boy from federal custody, now hopes to use that victory to remove teenage migrants without family in the United States from government shelters to

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Trump admin expands collecting biometric data from migrants, raising concerns from advocates

by Daniella Silva   on May 1, 2019   publication:

The Department of Homeland Security has stepped up its collection of biometric data from migrant families to include a DNA testing pilot program and the fingerprinting of children under the age of 14. The Trump

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