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November 18, 2015

Under 16 and ordered deported -- with no lawyer
By David Rogers

Until now, most published data, such as that provided by the respected Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, have not attempted such a breakdown and treat all the child migrants as juveniles 18 years old or younger. But records of the birthdates do exist for many of the defendants. And Justice provided POLITICO with what amounts to a 175-page Excel spreadsheet, listing birthdates for about 7,600 children who have been either ordered removed by an immigration judge or accepted the terms of voluntary departure. The time period for these records is just over 13 months: from July 18, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2015. The children’s names are protected. But in each case, the table shows whether the child had legal counsel or not, how many hearings took place before a final order was issued and whether the court’s decision was rendered “in absentia” — without the defendant being present.

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