TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 11, 2018
The ABA’s Commission on Immigration on Friday released updated standards for the detention, care and legal representation of unaccompanied immigrant minors, The ABA Journal reports. The standards, which are meant to offer guidance to federal agencies and contractors that handle immigrants, reflect more than two years of collaboration between the commission and outside advocates. The first set of such standards were published in 2004, and since then the number of migrant children has increased substantially. The custody standards include guidance that there should be a legal presumption against detention and in favor of family reunification, both of which are assumed to be in the best interests of the child. Legal proceedings on the child’s immigration status should be prompt, fair and ideally on a special docket for unaccompanied minors.