The purpose of this project was to analyze the first child centered immigration policy, Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990, (INA) 101 (a) (27) (J); 8 CFR 204.11; Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). In order to understand the ratification of SIJS policy, it is important to analyze the history of child welfare and immigration policies. The beginning for child related policies was when a child was recognized to be part of the animal kingdom before a court. The issue of children being in danger transitioned from a social cause to policies at a Federal, State, and local level. Over the centuries many immigration policies have been ratified for the purpose of relieving or controlling a large percentage of the U.S. population, immigrants. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a crossover policy between immigration and child welfare that provides immigration relief to children left behind in the foster care system. Abuse, neglect, and abandonment are clauses within the SIJS policy that an immigrant child must meet in order to be eligible for the benefit of a “green card.”
|Commitee:||Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Abuse, Children, Green card, Immigration, Neglect, Youth|
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