After journey, child migrants face U.S. legal system

Aug 11, 2014

The tens of thousands of child migrants coming from Central America face a complex legal system if they want to remain in the United States.
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Uncertainty continues to surround tens of thousands of Central American children seeking asylum in the United States.  

Federal officials including the President and Congress, along with the states, are grappling with how to respond to the 57,000 people --many of them children -- who have arrived at the U.S. border since last October.  

The refugees are mainly fleeing drug and gang violence.   

As Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged recently, some of these refugees already have been transferred to Michigan.  More may be coming as some in the state voice support on humanitarian grounds.

The refugees’ futures will largely be determined after U.S. Courts define their their legal status.  

But what laws, statutes and other considerations will go into that process?

We’re joined by Jason Eyster, the director of the Department of Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, where he is also an Associate Professor.