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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.

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Recent Spike in Unaccompanied Minors Has Feds Desperate for Placements

Youth Services Insider is hearing that the number of Central American youth arriving at the Mexican border has skyrocketed in recent months, up from about 10 a day to 75 per day.


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.

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California Lawyer Refuses to Allow Trump Immigration Policies to Keep Youth ‘Locked in Cages’

In 2014, Holly Cooper received a phone call from an unnamed source warning her about the conditions of the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center. The Sacramento-area facility was originally built to house youth convicted of crimes, but was now also receiving federal dollars to serve as an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelter for undocumented, unaccompanied minors.


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.

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HHS Ready to Spend on Unaccompanied Minors: “We Need Beds Now”

Note: This story was updated on June 25. If your organization can serve Spanish-speaking youth, and you have access to bed space (preferably a lot of it), then Uncle Sam needs YOU.

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    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.