The Society for Asylum and Immigration Law (SAIL) hosted Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council
(AIC) on Monday, September 15.
Johnson presented an overview on the current crisis with
unaccompanied minors and women with children seeking refuge in the
United States and the response by the Obama administration. Although
various countries around the world have recognized and admitted to a
humanitarian crisis at their borders when dealing with an unprecedented
number of individuals seeking asylum, the United States has failed to
handle the currently staggering number of Central Americans seeking
asylum at the border.
Mr. Johnson discussed the lawsuits that AIC has filed again federal
agencies for their disregard of unaccompanied minors’ rights as
refugees, including a decision to use a higher standard in credible fear
interviews for women seeking asylum.