Clearinghouse Resource


The Rights of Children in the Immigration Process


ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project


New York, NY: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

July 2014, 9 pages

Description of Resource

This memorandum summarizes three critical categories of legal protections that must be provided to immigrant children, whether they are traveling alone or accompanied by a parent or guardian, who are apprehended by the government and placed in immigration detention: (1) access to relief in full and fair immigration proceedings; (2) detention in the least restrictive and most humane settings possible; and (3) legal representation in their immigration proceedings. This memorandum also sets forth prescriptions for how the federal government must treat children in the immigration process in order to comply with the law. (Description from source)