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The surge of unaccompanied minors continues to be an urgent humanitarian crisis that has proponents on both sides clashing over a solution.

Conservatives are pushing for tighter border security and cooperation from foreign governments, focusing on how to stem the flow before it reaches our borders. On the other side, humanitarians are zealously advocating for due process and proper treatment of minors once they are in our custody.
 
Yesterday, July 7, 2015, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reconvened to hear the latest updates from The Department of Homeland Security. Republican Senator Ron Johnson from the state of Wisconsin gave DHS a hard time, criticizing them for releasing minors into the custody of parents and sponsors who are themselves undocumented.  
 
Senator Johnson also pointed out what appears to be an inconsistency in the law. On the one hand, government funds are not supposed to be spent on providing legal counselor for minors as there is no recognized right to counsel. Yet grants are being paid to organizations to fund pro bono representation for the minors.
Senator Johnson said these issues need to be dealt with, but he did not specify a proposed course of action. He stressed the need for piecemeal legislation, stating that comprehensive reform simply isn’t feasible given our complex, broken immigration system.
 
The surge of unaccompanied minors is nothing new; this problem has been occurring for many years and DHS was aware of the ongoing need for resources. Many factors are at play; from violent conditions and the lack of employment and educational opportunities in Central America to coyotes who take advantage of lucrative smuggling operations. Smugglers have even gone so far as to publish advertisements stating that minors who come to the United States will be given a “permiso” and allowed to stay in the United States.
 
Representatives of Homeland Security are working with officials in Central American countries to crack down on smuggling and false advertising campaigns. The road to the United States is treacherous and DHS hopes Central American countries will take responsibility for protecting their own citizens.
Meanwhile, DHS is working with Health and Human Resources as well as many pro bono organizations to ensure proper treatment of minors in DHS custody. Yet in the wake of recent accusations that minors were mistakenly given adult doses of vaccinations, DHS has been receiving increased scrutiny over their actions.
 
 
Lauren E. Wallis is an immigration attorney at Petty & Associates, PLLC. She works out of the firm's Dallas office and focuses on SIJS, VAWA, U Visas, Military PIP, and Citizenship.
 

 

El aumento de menores continúa siendo una urgente crisis humanitaria que tiene partidarios en ambos lados chocando con una solución.

Los conservadores están empujando para más seguridad fronteriza y la cooperación de gobiernos extranjeros, centrándose en cómo frenar el flujo antes de que llegue a nuestras fronteras. En el otro lado, humanitarios están defendiendo celosamente para el debido proceso y el tratamiento adecuado de los menores una vez que están bajo nuestra custodia.

Ayer, 07 de julio de 2015, la Comisión del Senado sobre seguridad nacional y asuntos gubernamentales volvió a reunir para escuchar las últimas actualizaciones desde el Departamento de la seguridad nacional. Senador republicano Ron Johnson desde el estado de Wisconsin dio DHS un tiempo duro, criticar para la liberación de los menores bajo la custodia de los padres y patrocinadores que están indocumentados. 

El senador Johnson también señaló lo que parece ser una inconsistencia en la ley. Por un lado, fondos del gobierno no se suponen que pasó en el abastecimiento de asesor legal para los menores ya que hay no reconocida derecho a aconsejar. Todavía son presta subvenciones a organizaciones para financiar la representación pro bono para los menores de edad.

Senador Johnson dijo que estas cuestiones deben abordarse, pero no especificó un curso propuesto de acción. Destacó la necesidad de legislación fragmentaria, afirmando que una reforma integral, simplemente no es factible dado nuestro sistema de inmigración roto, complejo.

El aumento de menores no es nada nuevo; este problema ha estado ocurriendo durante muchos años y DHS era consciente de la necesidad constante de recursos. Muchos factores están en juego; de condiciones violentas y la falta de empleo y oportunidades educativas en Centroamérica a coyotes que tomar ventaja de las operaciones de contrabando lucrativo. Contrabandistas incluso han llegado a publicar anuncios indicando que se dará un "permiso" a los menores que llegan a los Estados Unidos y les permite para permanecer en los Estados Unidos.

Representantes de la Homeland Security están trabajando con funcionarios de países de América Central para reprimir el contrabando y campañas de publicidad falsa. El camino a los Estados Unidos es traicionero y DHS espera países de América Central tendrá la responsabilidad de proteger a sus propios ciudadanos.

Mientras tanto, el DHS está trabajando con salud y recursos humanos así como muchas organizaciones pro bono para asegurar el tratamiento adecuado de los menores en custodia DHS. Sin embargo a raíz de recientes acusaciones de que los menores fueron dados erróneamente adultos dosis de vacunas, DHS ha estado recibiendo mayor escrutinio sobre sus acciones.

Puede ver el Comité escuchar aquí: http://www.c-span.org/video/?326977-1/hearing-undocumented-unaccompanied-minor-immigrants.

Lauren E. Wallis es un abogado de inmigración en Petty & Associates, PLLC. Trabaja fuera de la oficina de Dallas y se centra en SIJS, VAWA, Visa U, PIP militar y ciudadanía.

The surge of unaccompanied minors continues to be an urgent humanitarian crisis that has proponents on both sides clashing over a solution.

Conservatives are pushing for tighter border security and cooperation from foreign governments, focusing on how to stem the flow before it reaches our borders. On the other side, humanitarians are zealously advocating for due process and proper treatment of minors once they are in our custody.
 
Yesterday, July 7, 2015, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reconvened to hear the latest updates from The Department of Homeland Security. Republican Senator Ron Johnson from the state of Wisconsin gave DHS a hard time, criticizing them for releasing minors into the custody of parents and sponsors who are themselves undocumented.  
 
Senator Johnson also pointed out what appears to be an inconsistency in the law. On the one hand, government funds are not supposed to be spent on providing legal counselor for minors as there is no recognized right to counsel. Yet grants are being paid to organizations to fund pro bono representation for the minors.
Senator Johnson said these issues need to be dealt with, but he did not specify a proposed course of action. He stressed the need for piecemeal legislation, stating that comprehensive reform simply isn’t feasible given our complex, broken immigration system.
 
The surge of unaccompanied minors is nothing new; this problem has been occurring for many years and DHS was aware of the ongoing need for resources. Many factors are at play; from violent conditions and the lack of employment and educational opportunities in Central America to coyotes who take advantage of lucrative smuggling operations. Smugglers have even gone so far as to publish advertisements stating that minors who come to the United States will be given a “permiso” and allowed to stay in the United States.
 
Representatives of Homeland Security are working with officials in Central American countries to crack down on smuggling and false advertising campaigns. The road to the United States is treacherous and DHS hopes Central American countries will take responsibility for protecting their own citizens.
Meanwhile, DHS is working with Health and Human Resources as well as many pro bono organizations to ensure proper treatment of minors in DHS custody. Yet in the wake of recent accusations that minors were mistakenly given adult doses of vaccinations, DHS has been receiving increased scrutiny over their actions.
 
 
Lauren E. Wallis is an immigration attorney at Petty & Associates, PLLC. She works out of the firm's Dallas office and focuses on SIJS, VAWA, U Visas, Military PIP, and Citizenship.
 

The surge of unaccompanied minors continues to be an urgent humanitarian crisis that has proponents on both sides clashing over a solution.

Conservatives are pushing for tighter border security and cooperation from foreign governments, focusing on how to stem the flow before it reaches our borders. On the other side, humanitarians are zealously advocating for due process and proper treatment of minors once they are in our custody.
 
Yesterday, July 7, 2015, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reconvened to hear the latest updates from The Department of Homeland Security. Republican Senator Ron Johnson from the state of Wisconsin gave DHS a hard time, criticizing them for releasing minors into the custody of parents and sponsors who are themselves undocumented.  
 
Senator Johnson also pointed out what appears to be an inconsistency in the law. On the one hand, government funds are not supposed to be spent on providing legal counselor for minors as there is no recognized right to counsel. Yet grants are being paid to organizations to fund pro bono representation for the minors.
Senator Johnson said these issues need to be dealt with, but he did not specify a proposed course of action. He stressed the need for piecemeal legislation, stating that comprehensive reform simply isn’t feasible given our complex, broken immigration system.
 
The surge of unaccompanied minors is nothing new; this problem has been occurring for many years and DHS was aware of the ongoing need for resources. Many factors are at play; from violent conditions and the lack of employment and educational opportunities in Central America to coyotes who take advantage of lucrative smuggling operations. Smugglers have even gone so far as to publish advertisements stating that minors who come to the United States will be given a “permiso” and allowed to stay in the United States.
 
Representatives of Homeland Security are working with officials in Central American countries to crack down on smuggling and false advertising campaigns. The road to the United States is treacherous and DHS hopes Central American countries will take responsibility for protecting their own citizens.
Meanwhile, DHS is working with Health and Human Resources as well as many pro bono organizations to ensure proper treatment of minors in DHS custody. Yet in the wake of recent accusations that minors were mistakenly given adult doses of vaccinations, DHS has been receiving increased scrutiny over their actions.
 
 
Lauren E. Wallis is an immigration attorney at Petty & Associates, PLLC. She works out of the firm's Dallas office and focuses on SIJS, VAWA, U Visas, Military PIP, and Citizenship.
 

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El aumento de menores continúa siendo una urgente crisis humanitaria que tiene partidarios en ambos lados chocando con una solución.

Los conservadores están empujando para más seguridad fronteriza y la cooperación de gobiernos extranjeros, centrándose en cómo frenar el flujo antes de que llegue a nuestras fronteras. En el otro lado, humanitarios están defendiendo celosamente para el debido proceso y el tratamiento adecuado de los menores una vez que están bajo nuestra custodia.

Ayer, 07 de julio de 2015, la Comisión del Senado sobre seguridad nacional y asuntos gubernamentales volvió a reunir para escuchar las últimas actualizaciones desde el Departamento de la seguridad nacional. Senador republicano Ron Johnson desde el estado de Wisconsin dio DHS un tiempo duro, criticar para la liberación de los menores bajo la custodia de los padres y patrocinadores que están indocumentados. 

El senador Johnson también señaló lo que parece ser una inconsistencia en la ley. Por un lado, fondos del gobierno no se suponen que pasó en el abastecimiento de asesor legal para los menores ya que hay no reconocida derecho a aconsejar. Todavía son presta subvenciones a organizaciones para financiar la representación pro bono para los menores de edad.

Senador Johnson dijo que estas cuestiones deben abordarse, pero no especificó un curso propuesto de acción. Destacó la necesidad de legislación fragmentaria, afirmando que una reforma integral, simplemente no es factible dado nuestro sistema de inmigración roto, complejo.

El aumento de menores no es nada nuevo; este problema ha estado ocurriendo durante muchos años y DHS era consciente de la necesidad constante de recursos. Muchos factores están en juego; de condiciones violentas y la falta de empleo y oportunidades educativas en Centroamérica a coyotes que tomar ventaja de las operaciones de contrabando lucrativo. Contrabandistas incluso han llegado a publicar anuncios indicando que se dará un "permiso" a los menores que llegan a los Estados Unidos y les permite para permanecer en los Estados Unidos.

Representantes de la Homeland Security están trabajando con funcionarios de países de América Central para reprimir el contrabando y campañas de publicidad falsa. El camino a los Estados Unidos es traicionero y DHS espera países de América Central tendrá la responsabilidad de proteger a sus propios ciudadanos.

Mientras tanto, el DHS está trabajando con salud y recursos humanos así como muchas organizaciones pro bono para asegurar el tratamiento adecuado de los menores en custodia DHS. Sin embargo a raíz de recientes acusaciones de que los menores fueron dados erróneamente adultos dosis de vacunas, DHS ha estado recibiendo mayor escrutinio sobre sus acciones.

Puede ver el Comité escuchar aquí: http://www.c-span.org/video/?326977-1/hearing-undocumented-unaccompanied-minor-immigrants.

Lauren E. Wallis es un abogado de inmigración en Petty & Associates, PLLC. Trabaja fuera de la oficina de Dallas y se centra en SIJS, VAWA, Visa U, PIP militar y ciudadanía.

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