A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies and Responses
June 26, 2015
Washington D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council releases,A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies and Responses.This updated guide provides information about the tens of thousands of children—some travelling with their parents and others alone—who have fled their homes in Central America and arrived at our southern border. It also seeks to explain the basics. Who are these children and why are they coming? What basic protections does the law afford them? What happens to the children once they are in U.S. custody? What have the U.S. and other governments done in response? What additional responses have advocates and legislators proposed? The answers to these questions are critical to assessing the U.S. government’s responses and understanding the ongoing debate about whether reforms to the immigration laws and policies involving children are needed.