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Frequently Asked Questions: Who Regulates the Detention of Children Facing Deportation?

Who is responsible for oversight of children in immigration detention? The unsanitary and crowded conditions in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities near the border, coupled with the recent deaths of children detained by immigration has brought the regulation of immigration detention for children to the forefront of public dialogue. ...

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Translation Requirements in Texas Family Courts

As a first step to obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile status for a child client, immigration attorneys must present their case in state court. Often, foreign language documents are used as evidence in the state court hearing. Translations of these documents is required, but not necessarily by a “certified interpreter.” Requesting...

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Certification, Backlogs and Visa Retrogression: Advocating for SIJ beneficiaries to remain in the US to adjust status

We have heard from many of you over the past several months that it has become increasingly difficult to obtain a continuance in immigration court for your Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) clients.  Several factors have contributed to the challenge, such as the Attorney General’s ruling in Matter of L-A-B-R- and Matter of...

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Check out CILA’s resources and become a Texas UC Champion

At CILA, our mission is to empower Texas UC Champions–advocates guiding children through complex legal territory- to do so with courage, competency, compassion, and creativity.  We fulfill our mission through training and education, case and issue specific technical assistance to advocates, and coordination of working groups. In the words of one...

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Celebrating CILA’s 3rd Birthday: Join the hundreds of Texas UC Champions advocating for unaccompanied children

Three years ago, the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), opened its doors in response to the thousands of children from Central America who surged across our Southern border fleeing prolific violence and abuse in their home countries and seeking humanitarian protections offered...

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