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We Must Honor the Rule of Law for Desperate Children at the U.S. Border
The Huffington Post (2014)
  • Michael D. Cooper,, Esq., Georgetown University Law Center
  • Lenni Benson, New York Law School
  • Farrin R. Anello, Seton Hall University School of Law

Some suggest that the refugee crisis unfolding on our southern border has been triggered by disrespect for the law. But, what exactly does the law require that we do with unaccompanied minors in our immigration system? This article argues that we must protect the basic rights of unaccompanied minors, determine who among them has a legal right to stay, and ensure that all immigration status determinations are made with full respect for due process. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, or TVPRA, should not be amended to diminish the protection and due process rights of children. TVPRA is not the problem. Nor is the problem one of enforcement. The most effective and efficient response to the so-called “border crisis” would be to provide government-appointed counsel for each one of these children, and surprising new research shows that appointing counsel in immigration proceedings could actually save money for U.S. taxpayers. Appointed counsel is the fastest, fairest and cheapest way to address the “border crisis.” For too long now, we have neglected America's broken immigration system, but children should not be made to pay the price.

  • Border Crisis,
  • Immigrant Children,
  • Immigration,
  • Immigration Crisis,
  • New York City Bar Association,
  • Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Publication Date
July 31, 2014
Citation Information
Michael D. Cooper,, Lenni Benson and Farrin R. Anello. "We Must Honor the Rule of Law for Desperate Children at the U.S. Border" The Huffington Post (2014)
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