February 11, 2021
KIND submitted the following statement for the record “The U.S. Immigration System: The Need for Bold Reforms” for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on February 11, 2021.
KIND has observed the urgent need for bold reforms in the U.S. immigration system’s protection framework for unaccompanied migrant children, who are among the world’s most vulnerable individuals. Without a parent or legal guardian, they have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to the United States to escape dangers that include extreme violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Many of these children have fled northern Central America, a region gripped by humanitarian crisis. Upon arrival to the United States, they are thrust into a complex and adversarial legal system, in most cases without an attorney. These children face daunting obstacles in navigating that system and pursuing potentially life-saving humanitarian protection.
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