Current Immigration Enforcement Trends Targeting the Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children: What Immigration Practitioners Need to Know about the Administration’s Focus on Smuggling Allegations
Monday, October 23, 2017 9:30 AM

Monday, October 23, 2017
9:30am to 12:00pm

Lindquist & Vennum, LLP
IDS Center, 80 S. 8th Street
3rd Floor Conference Center
Minneapolis, MN  55402


In a February 2017 memo implementing President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would target for immigration enforcement and federal criminal prosecution the family members of unaccompanied children (UCs) who had “directly or indirectly—facilitate[d] the illegal smuggling or trafficking of an alien child into the United States.” In the summer of 2017, the DHS arrested and detained caretakers, or “sponsors,” of UCs across the country with various immigration and criminal consequences. It was reported that some 400 arrests were conducted as part of this enforcement action as of August 18, 2017; it remains to be seen what further enforcement actions will be taken as part of the DHS’s announced plan to target the caretakers of UCs whom it alleges have participated in smuggling. Presenters will discuss current trends in this area and the immigration and criminal consequences that can result from smuggling allegations. Participants will learn strategies for conducting timely legal screenings and risk advisals for this vulnerable population to try to prevent or mitigate harm to families. The presenters will discuss specific steps to consider in the event that a family member of a UC is targeted for enforcement. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up to conduct limited-scope pro bono screenings and advisals for family members of UCs in need of legal assistance.

Reggie Aligada, First Assistant Defender, Office of the Federal Defender, District of Minnesota

Rebecca Scholtz, Staff Attorney with CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project

2.5 standard CLE credits applied for.

This CLE is co-sponsored by AILA, Advocates for Human Rights, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and Volunteer Lawyers Network. Please register here. If you are not an AILA member, please contact Alison Griffith to register.