Each year, thousands of unaccompanied minors enter the United States. Upon arrival, these children face a complicated legal process defined by several exchanges between state and federal entities. This Article focuses on one avenue of relief available to these unaccompanied minors: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. While SIJS provides a path to citizenship for abused, neglected, or abandoned minors, the protection is often misapplied or misunderstood. Focusing on practical improvements, this Article highlights key areas where state and federal entities can more appropriately and efficiently address the unique concerns presented by SIJS-eligible unaccompanied minors.
Justin Potesta, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Refining State and Federal Practice, 49 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 873 (2016).