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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS” or “SIJ status”) is a form of immigration relief for undocumented minor children who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected by one or both parents. Most applicants for SIJ status hail from the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and have travelled thousands of miles, often alone and in dangerous conditions, to seek protection in the United States that one or both of their parents are unable or unwilling to provide them in their country of origin, typically from gangs.1 To ensure that the best interests of these children are protected, the process of obtaining SIJ status must be reformed and clarified.



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