Asylum Policies for Unaccompanied Children Compared with Expedited Removal Policies for Unauthorized Adults: In Brief

Source: Ruth Ellen Wasem, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report, R43664, July 30, 2014

The sheer number of Central American children coming to the United States who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and who lack proper immigration documents is raising complex and competing sets of humanitarian concerns and immigration control issues. Adults and families from the same three countries—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—have also been coming in increasing numbers over the same period. Current law provides that unaccompanied alien children (also referred to as unaccompanied children) are treated differently than adults or children with their parents who come to the United States without proper immigration documents. This report focuses on how unaccompanied alien children are treated in comparison to unauthorized adults and families with children in the specific contexts of asylum and expedited removal. …
Unaccompanied Alien Children: A Processing Flow Chart
Source: Lisa Seghetti, Congressional Research Service, CRS Insights, IN10107, July 16, 2014

Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview
Source: Lisa Seghetti, Alison Siskin, Ruth Ellen Wasem, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report, R43599 July 28, 2014