Office of Refugee Resettlement
Judge Tells Agencies to Speed Up Release of Young Immigrants
Move aims to protect unaccompanied youths from spreading coronavirus Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has violated its legal obligation to speedily release unaccompanied immigrant children from federal custody and reunify them with relatives or other suitable guardians, a district judge in California ruled late Friday.
Advocates Say Trump’s Flores Rule Change is ‘a Call for the Mass Internment of Children’
The Trump administration is expected to formally release new regulations Friday that would remove time limits on how long the federal government can detain migrant children. The new rules would end the 1997 Flores agreement which prevents the government from keeping detained minors in immigration custody for more than 20 days, whether they’re with their families or traveling alone.
Website Changes Foreshadowed New Trump Limits on Unaccompanied Minors Program
Changes made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website before May 23, 2019, foreshadowed policy changes related to unaccompanied migrant children that were not announced, even to ORR grantees, until May 30, 2019.
Citing Trump’s Family Separation Policy, California Lawmakers Call for State Oversight of Unaccompanied Minors
A group of California legislators want the state to exercise more oversight over the federal program that handles unaccompanied minors from other countries, including the ones who were separated from their families under Trump’s controversial 2018 policy.
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.
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #6: Improving Foster Care for Refugee Minors
The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 10 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.
The Unaccompanied Minors Program, and What’s Really Wrong with It
Mainstream media attention has returned to the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program, through which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) takes custody of some kids who arrive at the border without a parent.
Feds Almost Lose One of Its Two Secure Detention Centers for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
On Tuesday, officials in Yolo County, Calif., agreed to keep open a juvenile detention facility for undocumented immigrant youth after a report revealed that many youth there have unmet mental health issues.
Federal Policy May Strip Legal Protection from Kids Crossing Border Alone
A new policy from the federal agency that detains unaccompanied, undocumented children has sparked questions about their ability to obtain fair legal representation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 5 that unaccompanied minors may not be held in immigration detention without a bond hearing, but the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is now grappling with how to represent these juveniles in court.