Protecting the Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in California

February 19, 2021

Protecting the Rights Of

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children In California

Child and immigration advocates welcome the introduction today of AB 1140 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) that would ensure children who come to the United States alone to seek safety are receiving the same care as other California children in state-licensed settings. Unaccompanied children who cross into the United States are taken into federal custody in state-licensed childcare facilities, and California state standards for the care of children are more specific than the federal requirements. This bill would ensure that unaccompanied children receive care according to state requirements.


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