CLINIC Submits Comments on Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions Proposed Regulations

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November 15, 2019

As a stakeholder with special expertise on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, CLINIC submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s reopening of the public comment period for the 2011 proposed Special Immigrant Juvenile Petition rule. Through its comment, CLINIC documented its concerns that the planned final SIJS regulation will cause harm and endanger children contrary to congressional intent, which is to protect vulnerable immigrant children who have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment and to expand the class of immigrant children eligible for SIJS protection through 2008 amendments. CLINIC believes that U.S. policies on immigration must respect legislative intent and should reflect the country’s core moral values and historical practice of welcoming immigrants, especially vulnerable immigrant children.