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Statement: Rule change gives 55,000 children a lifeline

| April 9, 2021 |

The Biden Administration has withdrawn a Trump-era rule that would have forced 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families from their homes, including 55,000 children. Bruce Lesley, president

Statement: SCOTUS dismisses public charge case

| March 9, 2021 |

In response to a Biden Administration request, the U.S. Supreme Court today dismissed an upcoming case challenging the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule, which

Statement: Biden directive on public charge will clear the way for critical assistance to children

| February 2, 2021 |

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order today directing a review of the public charge rule and other actions to remove barriers

Statement: Congratulations to Biden Administration

| January 20, 2021 |

On the occasion of the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: 

Statement: Government must right its wrongs

| January 15, 2021 |

The Department of Justice Inspector General confirmed in a report released today that the Trump Administration — and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular — knew its “zero-tolerance” policy would result

Statement: HHS pick Becerra is a three-time Champion for Children

| December 8, 2020 |

President-Elect Biden’s choice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services signals a devotion to expertise and

Statement: DACA reinstatement is “huge win”

| December 7, 2020 |

A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Trump Administration must fully restore the DACA program, including accepting new applications, effective immediately. First Focus on

Survey shows voters rank kids as top priority

| November 23, 2020 |

Majority signal unity around children’s issues In this deeply divided nation, a majority of Americans find common ground on one single issue: the well-being

National Coalition Calls for Creating New White House-led Focus on Children and Youth

| November 19, 2020 |

Health, Education, Child, and Youth Development, and Nutrition Leaders Urge Incoming Biden Administration to Prioritize Office on Children and Youth First Focus on Children

Migrant children get reprieve from federal judge

| November 18, 2020 |

A federal judge today ordered border authorities to stop expelling migrant children without allowing them to seek asylum, a practice that the Trump administration has justified