DPJC Position Statement

DPJC Statement On Unaccompanied Minors in Dallas

(DALLAS, TX - March 18, 2021)

The Dallas Peace and Justice Center welcomes the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have arrived at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Downtown Dallas, Texas. We open our hearts and city to these children ages 15-17 who are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries to seek safety and opportunity. If needed, we stand ready to provide humanitarian aid and information about legal, social and educational resources to the newly arrived school-aged boys and to advocate for their well-being. 

We appeal to elected officials, Congress, and the Biden/Harris administration to implement immigration legislation and policies that protect unaccompanied minors and childhood arrivals, reunite families and end family separation, and repatriate deported veterans.  

We urge the implementation into law of the New Way Forward Act, reintroduced by United States Representatives Garcia, Jayapal, Pressley, and Bass to address injustice and structural racism in the U.S. immigration system (https://bit.ly/38UWhxQ).