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Telemundo Exposes ICE’s Aggressive Deportation of Abused & Abandoned Children

Two of our clients, who are 18 and 19 years old, are currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite being eligible for green cards as children abused and abandoned by their biological parents. In legal terms, they are special immigrant juveniles (SIJ).

We have written extensively on this issue here and here.

Note that ICE is flat out wrong when it claims SIJ is only available to children abused or abandoned in their native countries. The actual law states that a person only has to show that reunification with one or both parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis found under State law.  8 U.S.C. § 1107(a)(27)(J)(i).

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