The Washington Post reports today that a total of 30,340 undocumented children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, who have been caught at the southern border since October of last year, have now been released into the United States to live with families or other caregivers while they await their immigration court hearings. All the while, temporary housing facilities at the border continue to overflow as child migrants fleeing desperate poverty and brutal violence in their home countries continue to seek refuge in the United States. On July 25, 2014 Charlotte Immigration Law Firm’s attorney Benjamin Snyder addressed this matter during an interview with Jenna Deery of WSOCTV.
A 2008 law caleed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TRPRA”) requires that unaccompanied children apprehemded at the border from nation not-contiguous to the United States (i.e., children from countries other than Mexico or Canada) cannot be subjected to Expedited Removal Proceedings—a controversial practice of Customs and Border Protection to remove unlawful aliens caught within 100 miles of the US border. Thus, undocumented minors from countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala who attempt to enter the United States without authorization cannot be summarily removed by border agents and have to be given a hearing before an Immigration Judges, a process that can take months.
Furthermore, under the TVPRA, unaccompanied minors must be promptly placed into the “least restrictive setting possible,” while they await their removal hearings. Generally, this means with their parents or other extended family. While waiting for their immigration proceedings, these children—at least temporarily—become members of our community: they get enrolled in school, go to doctor’s appointments, meet neighbors, make friends, go to church, etc.
Republicans in Congress have made several proposals to provide additional funds to the Department of Homeland Security to deal with the crisis contingent on a change to the TVPRA that would treat children from all countries the same, and subject them to expedited removal. Whatever Congress decides to do, the fact of the matter is that every day, hundreds of fearful, impoverished, and exhausted children appear on the nation’s doorstep looking for help. What we do for them is a decision we will have to make as a nation.
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