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July 5, 2018

Portland filmmakerís video of migrant kids in court goes viral
By Sara Roth

Immigrant children have faced judges alone for many years. A Syracuse University study shows about half of the 300,000 immigrant children ordered to court between 2005 and 2017 did not have legal representation. Unlike people facing criminal charges, immigrants do not have the legal right to a court-appointed attorney during deportation hearings. When children represent themselves, nine out of 10 are deported. The plight of immigrant children has gained national attention recently due to the Trump administrationís policy of separating families at the border, including asylum-seekers. In June, Trump signed an executive order to end his own policy of family separations. A judge has ordered the White House to reunite families within 30 days.

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