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How to Manage the Increase in Migrant Families, Children and Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Date: 
June 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

2456 Rayburn House Office Building

Speakers

Eleanor Acer, Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First
Meredith Linsky, Director, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration
Hilary Chester, Associate Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services

Moderated by:

Elizabeth Cassidy, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

The current surge of migrants crossing the southern U.S. border reflects a sharp increase in the number of unaccompanied minors, children crossing with one or both parents, and adults seeking asylum who are detained in “expedited removal” processing. The overwhelming majority of these people are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, with many fleeing rising violence and instability in their home countries. Please join Human Rights First a for a discussion with leading experts about the current state of the influx at the border, analysis of current proposals in response, and recommendations for more effective policies. The panelists will address:

  • The appropriateness of immigration detention practices and alternatives to detention to address the crisis;
  • How the crisis intersects with the growing immigration court and affirmative asylum process backlog;
  • Why access to counsel is so critical and how administration can better facilitate access to legal information; and,
  • How the United States can design policies that are consistent with American ideals and human rights commitments while securing compliance.