An Alert from the U.S. Committee For Refugees and Immigrants

The current Administration apparently thinks we are not paying attention.  They think the American people are too busy with the COVID-19 pandemic to notice the gross violation of child-welfare standards and immigrations laws being perpetrated at our border.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pushing back against the Administration’s flagrant violation of the law and its callous disregard for international human rights.   The need is urgent:

It recently came out that the Department of Homeland Security is allowing a private contractor to detain immigrant children in hotels, in some cases for weeks.  Children as young as one year old are being detained illegally and cared for by contractors with unknown credentials.  The children are then sent back to their home countries without the opportunity to seek asylum or join family members already in the U.S.

This is a flagrant violation of federal anti-trafficking laws and it places children at great risk of harm.. By law, children who entered the U.S. unaccompanied by an adult must be released into the care and custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement for placement into licensed shelters staffed by childcare professionals.

The Administration is openly defying the Supreme Court’s ruling protecting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  This past week USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced that it would limit DACA renewals to one year instead of the usual two and would not accept new DACA applications.  These actions flout both the Supreme Court decision in June and a federal judge’s ruling last month.  We assume this tactic is designed to make it easier for the Administration to deport DACA recipients if President Trump wins re-election.

Contact USCRI at uscri@uscridc.org or (703) 310-1130 to donate in support of their work.  The need is urgent.