A statement from Pepper Hamilton was published in the June 18 The Legal Intelligencer article "Children of Women Who Fled Violence in Latin America Can't Be Deported, 3rd Circ. Rules" and Law360 article "Special Immigrant Juveniles Get Due Process, 3rd Circ. Rules."
Four children who fled to the U.S. with their mothers to escape gang violence in Latin America will not be deported now that a federal appeals court has ruled that their special legal status protects them.
The children were represented by lawyers from Pepper Hamilton and Cambria & Kline.
“The decision by the court of appeals will bring tremendous joy to four children and their mothers who fled appalling conditions in Honduras and El Salvador. The court recognized that the suspension clause of the Constitution prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from deporting the four children, because they had previously received ‘special immigrant juvenile’ status,” a statement from Pepper Hamilton said. “This status is granted only after a rigorous process and is based on a state court finding that it is not in the best interests of the child to be sent back to his or her country of origin. The appellate court noted that the immigration judge had power to grant parole to the mothers so they could stay in the United States to ensure the well-being of their children.”