NEW YORK (February 2, 2021) – UNICEF USA welcomes the executive actions announced today by the Biden Administration to improve immigration practices and keep families together, while addressing the root causes of forced migration. Governments must prioritize the best interests of children in immigration and child protection systems. Efforts that uphold children's rights while addressing the root causes for migration are critical to ensuring that every child, regardless of migration status, can survive and thrive. As the United States Government and other regional actors work to strengthen asylum and child protection systems, UNICEF USA looks forward to working with the Government to improve systems for migrant and refugee children, including through the rescission of policies that prevent migrant and asylum-seeking children from accessing safety and protection in the United States.

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Erica Vogel, UNICEF USA, 212.922.2480,

Gabby Arias, UNICEF USA, 917.720.1306,