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February 11, 2016

Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Children in Immigration Proceedings a Lawyer
By Joshua Breisblatt

Every day children, some as young as toddlers, are sent into immigration courts all around the country. They can be asked to make their own immigration cases before a judge, often while a government attorney argues that they should be deported. This is because the government maintains there is no right to appointed counsel in immigration proceedings, not even for children. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), almost 50 percent of unaccompanied children are unrepresented by counsel at any point in their court process.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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