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The rights of families and children at the border

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew Lister
Families and children pose several problems for states in migration policies. All states provide some family migration benefits, and often special benefits for children, yet many of these states have sought to limit family immigration and the rights of children. This chapter explains why just immigration policies must offer family- based immigration and why this does not imply immigration rights in other relationships, such as friendships. It argues that a right to intimate association grounds a basic right to form family units across borders- a right inhering primarily in current citizens. It also explores how this right may be limited, including by 'public charge' type provisions, and how far these rights should ground protection from deportation for noncitizen family members, arguing that reasons that justify family immigration rights also justify protection from deportation. It finishes with a discussion of special protections owed, as a matter of justice, to children.

History

Title of book

Philosophical foundations of children's and family law

Series

Philosophical foundations of law

Chapter number

7

Pagination

153 - 170

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of publication

Oxford, Eng.

ISBN-13

9780198786429

ISBN-10

0198786425

Edition

1st

Language

eng

Publication classification

B Book chapter; B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2018, The several contributors

Extent

14

Editor/Contributor(s)

Elizabeth Brake, Lucinda Ferguson