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July 29, 2014

Believe in an Alabama where we dare defend the children: opinion
By John Archibald


Just this fiscal year U.S. immigration officials have detained almost 60,000 children along the Mexican border, many of them starting from Central America and the gang-torn suppliers of the American drug demand. It's not like the U.S. is ignoring them. According to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse the feds last year set an all-time record for prosecuting those who entered or reentered the country illegally. And many of those detained are kids. They arrive and are dumped in the system by themselves. TRAC analyzed 100,000 cases and found almost half the children were alone and unrepresented. The half that had a lawyer had a decent shot at a new life. The half that didn't were almost certain to be sent back to the problems where it all began.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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