The United States Immigration Law Essay

2297 Words May 14th, 2016 null Page
The United States immigration law defines refugees as, “people who are outside of their home country and cannot return due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or membership in a particular social group” (“Bridging Refugee Youth and Children 's Services”, 795). In 2011, The United States Department of Homeland Security recorded that a total of 56,384 refugee arrived in the United States with majority of the population being children according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (McBrien, 329). Taking a look at the characteristic of the demographic of the refugee children, one can noticed a high percentage of refugee children were Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) who came to the United States for numerous reason. URM flee from their homes “due to war, natural disasters, or persecution” ("Bringing & Keeping Families Together"). “Often refugee families are split apart between the time they leave their home and when they arrive at a refugee camp. When this happens, family reunification is difficult and children are considered orphans. The only option for these children is to be resettled in other countries as unaccompanied minors” ("Bringing & Keeping Families Together”). The URM are defined as refugee children arriving in the United States without caretakers, but are taken cared of through the state funded Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency that focus on providing…

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