Jesuit Refugee Service


(Washington, D.C.) April 29, 2016 — When young asylum seekers flee extreme violence to seek safety in the United States, they often find themselves in immigration court without a lawyer. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 176 other organizations today urged the United States Attorney General to halt the practice of pursing deportation hearings against minors who have no legal representation.

In recent years, an increasing number of Central Americans have migrated north to the United States. Of particular concern has been the increase in the number of unaccompanied and separated migrant children from the Northern Triangle of Central America — Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. There reasons for leaving are clear: in 2015, there were 17,422 homicides in the Northern Triangle.

The Washington Post reported last month …

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