It’s hard to imagine kids defending themselves in court, but that’s often what happens when undocumented minors wind up in immigration proceedings.
Children who immigrate illegally to the United States often must face the courts on their own, a HuffPost Live segment that aired Monday points out.
It’s a problem that’s becoming more common. The number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States illegally nearly doubled last year to about 14,000, according to the Texas Observer.
Judy London, Director the Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, says she’s seen children in court that are so young that they have to be held by an adult. According to London:
This shouldn’t be happening. There’s a constitutional right these children have to due process and a right through our immigration laws to a fair proceeding. It’s happening because no one’s complained loudly enough who votes.
Hear more about the predicament faced by unaccompanied minors in the HuffPost Live segment above.