Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Number Unknown: The Egregious Family Separation Policy Had No Plan

The January report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reveals a significant lack of oversight by government agencies charged with implementing the draconian plan to separate children to deter asylum-seeking children and families.


Report: Increased Deportations Could Put More Kids in Foster Care

The immigration policy changes made thus far by the Trump Administration may, in some states, fuel a surge in the number of children who enter foster care, according to a new report from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).


Trump Administration Targets Parents in Immigration ‘Surge Initiative’

Last Friday, the Trump administration rolled out a new “surge initiative” that authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to arrest parents and other relatives who hire smugglers to bring their children into the U.S.


Set to Graduate High School, Carlos Faces Deportation Order

For nearly two years after he arrived in the United States from Guatemala as an unaccompanied minor, Carlos* never saw an immigration attorney, including during an eight-month stint at a border detention center.


After ICE Detains Father, Los Angeles Sisters Cope with Trauma, Disruption

Fatima Avelica was riding to school in her father’s car when a traffic stop by immigration officers in northeast Los Angeles suddenly turned her world upside down. In the car, 13-year-old Fatima sobbed as she pointed her cell phone camera at the windshield and shot a video that shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers handcuffing and detaining her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez.

A wall with shadows depicts the separation of immigrant families


In Trump Era, L.A. Social Workers Seek Tighter Collaboration with Immigration Officers

As President Donald Trump moves to expand deportations of undocumented immigrants, a team of rapid-response social workers in Los Angeles is hoping it can come to the aid of children who may be left behind or endangered by immigration enforcement actions.


    The California Trust Act: A Stepping Stone for National Reform

    By Adam Lane California’s implementation of a state immigration reform law could reduce the number of children entering foster care, advocates and researchers suggest. The California Trust Act, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), limits deportations to only those individual(s) who have committed serious crimes and not simply have minor convictions.

    Youth Services Insider


    What’s Behind the Unaccompanied Minors Boom

    As we reported upon the completion of the 2014 appropriations process, funding for youth-related federal programs was mostly level with 2012-2013, while juvenile justice funding to states saw its third ugly haircut in four years.