House Working Group Releases Recommendations on Unaccompanied Minors
July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, the House Working Group Speaker John Boehner formed to craft a response to the ongoing border crisis released its recommendations.
The group’s 12 policy recommendations include amending the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008, deploying the National Guard to the southern border and establishing a commission to gauge progress on border security. None of the recommendations addresses additional funding to help agencies care for and process migrants. The full list of recommendations is available here.
Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the recommendations:
“Our priority at this time should be to make sure the government has the additional resources it needs to address this situation humanely and with compassion. Congress should pass a clean supplemental funding bill with no policy or legislative changes attached.
“We appreciate the Working Group’s thoughtfulness in trying to identify solutions. However, these recommendations are nowhere near enough. The lack of specificity will make it difficult for Congress agree and take action. While they debate each of these policies, the crisis will continue, and children will continue to face deplorable conditions.
"The recommendation to weaken protections that guard against trafficking and the failure to provide legal assistance to the children leads to more questions than answers. In addition, the recommendations regarding family detention and asylum raise serious concerns that vulnerable people whom our laws now protect will not be treated fairly.
“We can and must do better. There is a humanitarian crisis along our southwest border that requires much more than bullet points.”