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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

A Life Jacket for Immigrant Youth

By Darryl L. Hamm

Under the Special Immigrant Juvenile Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, enacted in 1990, certain undocumented youths may obtain lawful immigrant status. Although thousands of youths have benefited from the law over the past fourteen years, the immigration agency's implementation of the law is inconsistent and at times creates difficulties for applicants.

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