Treating Children as Children, Regardless of Their Legal Status
This chapter details how immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system are frequently reported to the immigration system, thus compounding their problems. Involvement in the immigration system may complicate and exacerbate immigrant youth's disposition in the juvenile justice system, and they fail to get counseling and advocacy to deal with the issues they face in the immigration system. The chapter calls for a juvenile justice system that sees immigration status as another issue that needs services and support in order to achieve the best possible outcome for youth, including their independent right to legal status based on their dependency. Consistent with the goal of less incarceration, this would reduce or eliminate the incarceration of these youth in both systems.
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