Children Beyond Borders: Extending Protections for Abandoned, Abused, and Neglected Unaccompanied Children and Youth

Rosa Aguilar - Seattle Journal for Social Justice

This article argues that the U.S. Congress should make changes to extend protections under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). First, says the author, Congress should pass legislation to eliminate the requirement that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must consent to grants of SIJS. Next, Congress should eliminate the per-country limitation on SIJS-based adjustment of status visas and triple the number of visas allocated per year in order to account for all the unaccompanied minors that may be eligible for SIJS. These implementations would give effect to the legislative intent behind SIJS, which is to protect the particularly vulnerable group of unaccompanied children and youth.