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Biden First-Day Order Likely Means Rollback of Trump Faith-Based Protection
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that is certain to roll back protections cemented in the last days of the Trump administration for faith-based, federally-funded child welfare providers that wish to follow religion in choosing who to work with.
Pediatricians Group Deems Trump’s Border Policy of Family Separation ‘Torture’
The influential American Academy of Pediatrics has added to growing pressure on the incoming Biden administration to reverse the practice of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the Mexican border set by President Donald Trump, concurring with other prominent groups that the practice amounted to torture under international standards.
Unaccompanied Children At Our Border Are Not a Threat; They’re in Danger
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols drew a line in the sand. The U.S. government had issued a directive requiring border agents to deport unaccompanied children, arguing that they could be vectors and contributing to the spread of COVID-19.
Federal Immigration Agency Must Release Children from Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules
Comparing the threat of coronavirus to fire tearing through a house, a federal judge on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release minors who have been held in family detention facilities for more than 20 days by July 17.
Immigrant Rights Group Issues Guidance on Family Reunification Process Amid Coronavirus
COVID-19 has complicated the process of reuniting immigrant families with their children when a parent with an ongoing child welfare case is either in ICE custody in the U.S. or has been deported.
Judge Tells Agencies to Speed Up Release of Young Immigrants
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.
After Court Action, Unaccompanied Minors Starting to Leave Risky Group Settings in New York City
Following an emergency federal court action taken last week, New York group home providers caring for unaccompanied Central American minors have begun to move some of those children out of shelters that now constitute a contagion-risky environment in a city that has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Foster Mom Reflects on Six Years Caring for More Than 100 Central American Children
The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program began in 2003 as part of a recognition by both political parties that when children arrived alone at our border, often in search of safety from circumstances back home, they warranted special protection.
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.