TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 31, 2019
American Bar Association President Bob Carlson issued a statement today, stating the organization is "deeply disturbed" by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. According to federal law and court orders, immigrant children generally cannot be held by law enforcement for more than 72 hours before being transferred to shelters that are better equipped to care for their needs. Yet reports cite recent federal data that hundreds of children, many aged 12 and younger, have been held in Border Patrol custody for an average of six days, in facilities that are intended to be short-term processing stations. "The current situation is unacceptable," Carlson said in the statement, calling on Congress and the White House to address it immediately.