Kids and Families Need a Path to Citizenship for DACA Recipients and Undocumented Youth

Over the past ten years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has changed the lives of nearly 800,000 recipients and their families by removing the threat of family separation and improving their economic security. Recent court rulings have barred new applicants for DACA, although current recipients can still Read more…

More than 70 Children’s Groups Urge Relief for Millions of Immigrant Children and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2022  Contact:   Tom Salyers (tsalyers@clasp.org/ 202- 607-1074);   Claudia Hernandez (chernandez@clasp.org/ (619-581-2963)  Washington, D.C. — Today, more than 70 national, state, and local children’s advocacy organizations sent letters urging the White House and Senate leadership to pass the Build Back Better Act with a clear pathway to Read more…

Leading children’s organizations urge the Biden-Harris Administration to protect against future family separation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2022 Contact: Tom Salyers (tsalyers@clasp.org/ 202-607-1074); Claudia Hernandez (chernandez@clasp.org/ (619-581-2963) Washington, D.C. — Today, thousands of organizations and individuals are submitting recommendations to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calling for major changes in federal immigration enforcement and greater protections for children in immigrant Read more…

Posters on a carpet with immigrant supportive messages such as "love your neighbor no matter where they are from"

Embracing An End to Worksite Raids, We Call for Healing and Centering Children’s Wellbeing

By Wendy Cervantes In an important new memo, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upended a hallmark of the Trump and Bush administrations’ enforcement strategies.  The policy, issued on October 12, 2021 by DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, ends all mass workplace raids targeting immigrant workers. These raids, often performed with Read more…

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Biden Administration’s Deportation Policy Doesn’t Center Needs of Children and Families

By Wendy Cervantes On September 30, 2021, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro N. Mayorkas, issued a memo outlining the agency’s new immigration enforcement guidelines. After years of harmful immigration enforcement—including harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric and ramped up enforcement actions under the Trump Administration—families across the country have Read more…