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Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law$
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Elizabeth Brake and Lucinda Ferguson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786429.001.0001

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The Rights of Families and Children at the Border

The Rights of Families and Children at the Border

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(p.153) 7 The Rights of Families and Children at the Border
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Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law
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Matthew Lister

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786429.003.0008

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 non-citizen 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.

Keywords:   migration policy, borders, family, immigration, rights of children

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