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Several Ways to Help Migrant Children at the Border



Several Ways to Help Migrant Children at the Border

An unaccompanied minor can be defined as under 18 who lacks legal immigration status and has no parent or legal guardian in the United States who can provide care and physical custody. These children are not always alone when they enter the country. Others are abandoned by smugglers or fellow migrants at the border; some arrive with family members and are separated at the border. According to internal forecasts, the number of unaccompanied immigrant minors crossing the US border illegally will increase significantly for at least two months.

Uncontrolled violence in home nations, corruption, impunity, family-based violence, a lack of a caregiver, gender-based damage, gang-related violence, economic need, and natural catastrophes are common reasons for migrant children at the border. Security, family reunification, education, more outstanding standards of life, and career opportunities in other nations can influence where and when children migrate. Children rarely decide to relocate for a single cause. There are usually a lot of variables at play, and the relevance of each one can shift over time. Children displaced from their homes due to conflicts they did not cause suffer threats such as human trafficking, kidnapping, the risk of drowning while crossing the sea, malnutrition, sexual violence, and even murder. Throughout their trips, children, particularly those who travel alone or become separated from their families, are vulnerable to various forms of violence and exploitation. For some, the hazards do not end when they arrive at their destinations. When migrant children reach their destination countries, they are disproportionately affected by poverty and isolation.

After arriving at a port of entry or crossing the border, children are frequently apprehended by US Customs and Border Protection officials and sent to a temporary holding facility. Custom and border protection agents examine the children and assess whether they fulfill the legal description of an unaccompanied minor. Non-parent caregivers or family members who may accompany a child are not included in this definition. Unaccompanied children must be transported to an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelter within 72 hours, but they are frequently held for longer. The refugee resettlement office is entrusted with ensuring the safety and well-being of unaccompanied minors and matching them with a competent sponsor to care for them while they are awaiting removal proceedings.

ORR shelters are designed to provide a safe environment for children to meet their basic needs. At the same time, the government searches for a suitable family member to sponsor the unaccompanied kid during their immigration process. Shelters, transitional foster care, and secure and residential treatment programs are examples of children’s ORR settings. When a kid arrives at an ORR shelter, services such as health and education, case management, recreation, and know your rights presentations and legal screenings should be offered. Within the United States, most children can reunite with a sponsor, such as a parent, a family member, or a close friend. Whether a child is held at an ORR shelter or living in the community, their legal immigration processes continue. 

Ways to help children at the border

  1. Becoming a foster care parent. 

There are various requirements for becoming a foster parent. They include:

  • Attend a training session.
  • Complete a 20- to 30-hour foster parent training program and a full background check (for child abuse and criminal activity) and fingerprinting.
  • A thorough house inspection is performed to ensure the protection of children.
  • Certification in first aid.
  • Take part in a home study to see if you’re ready to foster.

Roles of a foster care parent include:

  • Provide a secure, stable, and nurturing environment.
  • Be open to different parenting techniques and willing to learn new ones.
  • Keep your expectations of the individual in check.
  • Be devoted to dealing with the individual, especially if they exhibit problematic behaviors.
  • Treat the person as a member of your family, making sure they go to school, participate in recreational and cultural events, and keep their medical appointments.
  • Accept the person for who they are and work with them to achieve their full potential.
  • We donate to organizations such as UNICEF, LIRS, and many others.

A contribution is a selfless act. The funding directly assists organizations in promptly reuniting children with their families and ensuring that they have all they need to start a new life in the United States. The funding allows them to safeguard and welcome these children while also providing essential services such as educational opportunities, medical and mental health treatments, and legal assistance. The following are some of the advantages of supporting these border-related organizations:

  • Maintenance payments for foster children (room, board, and clothing)
  • Medical aid is available.
  • Expenses associated with proving legal liability are covered.
  • Vouchers for extended foster care educational training
  • Advocating for the migrants to the government representatives.

Advocacy shows our country’s leaders that the communities they represent support migrants and refugees. The United States Citizenship Act of 2021 was just introduced. The approach tackles essential aspects of immigration law that haven’t been touched on in decades. It enhances the family reunification process by eliminating visa backlogs and offering a path to earned citizenship, among other things. By resuming the Central American Minors (CAM) program, this bill would assist and protect unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States. This program permits Central American children to petition for reunification with their parents or relatives who have legal status in the United States from their home country, avoiding the long and arduous travel to the border.

  • They are praying for migrant children and their families.

Faith is crucial in finding hope through difficult circumstances. Migrant children and families are God’s children, and it is our moral duty to welcome those in need and pray for them during the challenging process. 

  • They are educating the community about the immigration system.

Share resources with friends, family, congregations, and community members to assist migrant children and raise awareness of the issues they face and how we can help them.

Wrapping up

In conclusion, migrant children at the border are in dire need of help. Various organizations are working together to help the children. Shelters are also available to hold the children temporarily.


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When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?



When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?

Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.

Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.

With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:

  1. Product Liability 

You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.

However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.

  • Medical Negligence 

Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.  

To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.

  • Environmental Factors 

Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.

Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.

Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.

Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.  

You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.  

In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.  

Conclusion  Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.

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