Can Undocumented Immigrants Become Foster Parents in Your State? It Depends.
Though many states are facing a renewed pressure to recruit caregivers for foster children, few jurisdictions have created licensing requirements to accommodate undocumented immigrants seeking to become foster parents. According to a recent brief from the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, 20 states include immigration requirements before caregivers can become licensed as foster parents.
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.
California A.G. Supports Program for Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth
Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra weighed in by saying that California should play a greater role in protecting youth who are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries. At the invitation of the Los Angeles Superior Court and the suggestion of the California Supreme Court, Becerra filed an amicus brief in the In re Denis G.
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.