As you work quickly with your Congressional colleagues to pass new legislation to address the devastating public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the Children’s Defense Fund urges you to include in the next package a number of critical provisions to protect our nation’s children and families.
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A society must be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable—and most valuable—members: its children. The State of America’s Children 2020 makes it abundantly clear that by this measure, America is falling shamefully short.
CDF joined three dozen organizations and leaders in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to consider the impact of rescinding DACA on beneficiaries’ children, whose interests were glaringly absent in the Trump administration’s 2017 decision.
CDF submitted comments in opposition to the expansion of expedited removal as the use of expedited removal and detention of families is inappropriate and harms children. We requested DHS immediately halt implementation of the expansion and take steps to ameliorate the well-documented problems in the expedited removal process as it existed prior to the Rule.
The Children’s Defense Fund joined over 150 organizations to call for USCIS to reverse its elimination of non-military "deferred action" to ensure that vulnerable children and families are able to receive life-saving protection without fear of deportation.
Together with more than 20 organizations and pro bono counsel at Arent Fox LLP, CDF submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in a California federal court. The brief outlines how the administration's final rule abandons the Flores agreement and argues the regulation will have a devastating impact for immigrant children.
Statement from the Children’s Defense Fund: Reckless and immoral Public Charge rule will harm millions of children
The Children’s Defense Fund condemns in the strongest possible terms the finalized Department of Homeland Security Public Charge rule announced today.
Children's Defense Fund submitted comments to voice our strong opposition to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed rule regarding "verification of eligible status" because it threatens the health, development and well-being of children.
Letter in Support of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3451) and the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 3452)
Children's Defense Fund joined other leading national organizations to express our strong support for the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3451) and the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 3452), which codify protections for children who may be separated from their parents by immigration enforcement actions in the interior.