More than 60 national and state organizations working in the field of child welfare, child development, social work, education and medicine joined a statement of shared principles entitled On This We Can Agree: Children Require Special Care. The five principles included in the statement—while so very basic—do not appear in many of the proposals recently put forth in Washington to change immigration law and policy. They include:
(1) Children are different from adults and should be afforded special protections.
(2) Children cannot have a fair immigration proceeding without an attorney.
(3) Children need time to establish trust.
(4) Safety must be a paramount concern when investigating each child’s unique story.
(5) The government should not disrupt the parent child relationship except in extraordinary circumstances, and
only then to protect the child’s safety.
On This We Can Agree was developed through a collaboration of organizations serving children in the fields of immigration, child welfare, child development, and juvenile justice. The Young Center along with the Vera Institute for Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission, Kind in Need of Defense (KIND), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) spearhead the collaboration.
We encourage you to take a moment to read the statement take a moment to read the statement here and send a note of thanks to any of the signatories with whom you have a connection.