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Sarah Rogerson, Albany Times UnionJanuary 6, 2016
What is a border to a child?
This is one of the most pressing issues lost in the latest wave of political rhetoric about immigrants and refugees. Children are frequently exalted in American homes, and the American legal system attempts to afford them safeguards considering their unique positions of vulnerability in our society.
Although the leading norm in cases affecting children is the ubiquitous "best interests of the child," immigrant children at or within our borders are not afforded age-appropriate legal scrutiny. Their suffering is subordinated by the immutable characteristic of their non-citizen birth.
The U.S. Constitution affords these children a small bundle of rights, but they are few in number, and the enforcement mechanisms are vastly under-resourced.
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