Kids Will Be Kids? Reconsidering Conceptions of Children's Rights Underlying Immigration Law

Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 63, p. 979, 2002

Immigration and Nationality Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 3, 2003

39 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2008

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David B. Thronson

Michigan State University College of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Thronson, David B., Kids Will Be Kids? Reconsidering Conceptions of Children's Rights Underlying Immigration Law. Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 63, p. 979, 2002, Immigration and Nationality Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 3, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1122062

David B. Thronson (Contact Author)

Michigan State University College of Law ( email )

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