Language Access Has Life-or-Death Consequences for Migrants

This report first looks at the development of language access as a core civil right. It then discusses the responsibility of the Border Patrol to provide meaningful interpretation and translation services to migrants who speak indigenous languages, detailing the demographics of foreign-language speakers in CBP custody; the frequency and nature of Border Patrol apprehensions and detentions; and the resources available for the Border Patrol to promote language access. The report concludes by offering recommendations that would allow the Border Patrol and CBP to more effectively serve those with no or low English proficiency who come to the United States seeking assistance and protection.

  • Attachment(s): PDF
  • Organization: Center for American Progress
  • Date Created: February 20, 2019
  • Last Updated: February 20, 2019
  • Immigrant Children
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