The Obama administration is lying to children and their families to prevent them from saving their own lives.
In a post titled “CBP Addresses Humanitarian Challenges of Unaccompanied Child Migrants” CBP writes two unequivocal lies:
The message from the U.S. government on immigration is clear—if you cross illegally into the U.S.:
you cannot earn a path to citizenship;
you are not eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA;
you will not get papers that allow you to stay; and
you are putting yourself, or your child, in danger.
If a child fits the definition of a refugee under U.S. law, a child will be eligible to obtain asylum. A person with asylum is given papers and is allowed to stay in the United States indefinitely. A person granted asylum is also eligible to obtain a green card and therefore earns a path to citizenship.
If a child was abandoned, abused, or neglected by one or both parents, he or she is likely eligible for a green card as a special immigrant juvenile (“SIJ.”) A child granted SIJ is given papers and earns a path to citizenship.
Asylum and SIJ are designed to protect vulnerable children from being harmed in their native countries. Asylum is available for children and adults. SIJ is only available for children under the age of 21.
Many children who cross into the United States illegally obtain their green cards through asylum or SIJ.
The Obama administration is intentionally lying to refugee children by telling them that they are not eligible for protection under U.S. Law. Many are.
In fact, up to 80 % of the over 100 unaccompanied Central American children clients that we currently represent are eligible to remain in the United States permanently as refugees or as special immigrant juveniles.
Obama’s message is clear: He doesn’t care what happens to children in Central America. He will even lie to you about United States law to show how much he does not care.
Was your child raped? He doesn’t care.
Was your child tortured? He doesn’t care
Was your child’s life threatened by armed groups more powerful than the police? He doesn’t care.
If you believe your child’s life or well-being is at risk by remaining in your country, you should try to do whatever is possible to save your child’s life.
Do not listen the U.S. government. The Obama administration does not care about the welfare of your child.
In fact, the Obama administration is trying to harm your child. He wants to detain children in horrid conditions for weeks or months. He wants to speed up your child’s deportation so that they are not even given a chance to beg for their lives before an immigration or family court judge.
We believe you should bring your child to the United States if you believe his or her life is at risk.
Instead of trapping children in dangerous environments in their native countries, we should open up legal channels for Central American Refugee Children to come to the United States.
Telling children to remain in a place where they could be killed or harmed is nothing short of evil.