According to the Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, in an article published on the DHS site on August 25TH, 2015. Thousands of undocumented migrants face death, sexual assault, extortion, and other unspeakable acts when making the trek north to the United States. Furthermore, if caught by immigration agents, they face a lengthy deportation process at various federal detention facilities throughout the country, where most will ultimately end up being deported back to their country of origin were they face an even grimmer unknown then before.
While many of the deportees are of adult age, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as of 2015 there were 21,255 apprehensions of unaccompanied children (UAC). A status that is categorized as any migrant between the ages of infancy to 17. These minors are the most vulnerable out of the all the migrants, because due to their age they face many different sets of difficulties, with the most damning being a lack of legal protection afforded to them from immigration authorities since current government policy dictates that migrants do not have the right to appointed council. Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) recognizes that the plight of undocumented children, present many unique challenges in regards to immigration law and that all minors should be provided council that best represents their collective interest. Therefore, to accomplish this goal he has introduced legislation with the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016, which if passed by Congress, will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, by authorizing the Department of Justice to appoint or provide council at the government removal proceeding.
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...immigrants, some who have gone on to do great things. S. 2450 gives hope to those who aspire to do more, because it gives them a chance to present a legal case to remain in this great country of ours. If they should receive amnesty or legal status, the possibilities are endless for them. They can go on to have aspirations of attaining a higher education, serving in the military, or simply becoming part of a productive workforce that will contribute into the economy. Many of their brethren already are through the Dream Act and deferred action such as DACA, and have gone on to attend college and receive degrees, which have only enabled them to better serve communities, but also bridge the gap between those living in the shadows and their new American identity. Equal representation is a right for all, and S.2450 needs to be enacted into law, sooner rather then later.
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