May 4, 2023
The Secure the Border Act of 2023 (H.R. 2) would end the U.S. protection system for unaccompanied children as we know it. This bill would not only eliminate core anti-trafficking protections for unaccompanied children who seek safety at the border, but also make it all but impossible for unaccompanied children within the United States to obtain legal relief. In doing so, the Act would decimate bipartisan safeguards for this uniquely vulnerable population and ensure children’s return to human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and extreme violence. KIND urges Members of Congress to reject this legislation and to embrace reforms that build upon, rather than tear down, existing protections.
Read more about this bill and how it impacts unaccompanied children here: