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Analysis of the HUMANE Act

Children of Immigrants

On July 16, 2014, Senator Cornyn and Congressman Cuellar introduced the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act (S.2611/H.R.5114) to address the recent influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States from Central America. This bill attempts to resolve the crisis by stripping the legal protections in the Trafficking and Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) that ensure due process for unaccompanied children, including access to counsel and a fair determination before an immigration judge. In addition, this bill aims to expedite the repatriation of unaccompanied children, without regard for the unstable political climates prevalent in their home countries or the safety well-being and human rights of these children.

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