Children and the Crisis at the Border

KEYWORDS: CHILD MIGRATION, DAVID AGUILAR, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, MICHAEL CHERTOFF, THERESA BROWN, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th 2014 9:00 am to 9:00 am

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, the Holeman Lounge, Washington, DC, 20045

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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force hosted a discussion on the current child immigration crisis at our nation’s southern border.

Former officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the United Nations and refugee advocates discussed the rapid increase in the number of children from Central America being apprehended, provided context for the current multi-agency process involved in the handling of these children, and addressed the underlying causes for the influx and what can be done to manage this crisis.


WHO:

The Honorable David V. Aguilar
Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Partner, Global Security and Intelligence Strategies

Michelle Brané
Director, Migrant Rights & Justice Women’s Refugee Commission

The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group
Member, BPC’s Immigration Task Force

The Honorable Roger Noriega
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Ambassador Pete Romero
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador

Leslie E. Veléz
Senior Protection Officer, the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees

Moderated by:

Fawn Johnson
Correspondent, National Journal

Theresa Brown
Director of Immigration Policy, BPC