October 8, 2020
Since March 2020, the U.S. government has turned away over 10,000 immigrant children at the border, denying them any opportunity to seek protection in the United States. These expulsions violate international and U.S laws and run contrary to child welfare principles and best interests standards. For unaccompanied children, the expulsions show a blatant disregard for the special legal protections guaranteed to them under a bipartisan federal law to protect trafficking victims. Most alarming, these ongoing expulsions put the lives of children in grave danger.