WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2018 – The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has released a new set of standards for the detention, care and legal representation of unaccompanied child immigrants. It is an indispensable guide for immigration authorities, lawyers and advocates.
The 90-page report – “Standards for the Custody, Placement and Care; Legal Representation; and Adjudication of Unaccompanied Alien Children in the United States” – is an update of the original ABA standards issued in 2004. The report, 2½ years in the making, is a collaboration between the Commission on Immigration and several national immigration organizations. The new standards were adopted by the ABA’s governing body, the House of Delegates, in August.
“Regardless of changes in politics, we must remember that we are dealing with children,” the report states. “We must continue to afford them special consideration to ensure that our immigration enforcement and adjudication systems acknowledge their need for protection and our nation’s fundamental traditions.”
Read the full report here.
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