Kids Will Be Kids? Reconsidering Conceptions of Children's Rights Underlying Immigration Law
Immigration and Nationality Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 3, 2003
39 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2008
Deeply ingrained ideas about children's rights, often unacknowledged and unexamined, shape the way children are perceived and treated in immigration law. This article examines the development of competing conceptions of children's rights in other areas of the law and demonstrates how critical frameworks of immigration law simultaneously reflect and reinforce discredited approaches to children's rights. This article explores the manner in which immigration law's adherence to discredited notions of children's rights creates barriers to child-centered approaches in immigration law. This exploration then serves as a starting point to suggest an agenda for reform.
Keywords: immigration, children's rights, family
JEL Classification: I30, K1, K10, K19, K3, K39, K4
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