AIC PRESS RELEASE: Groups Sue over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Children in Deportation Proceedings

Released on Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Washington D.C. – The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government’s failure to provide them with legal representation as it carries out deportation hearings against them.

Each year, the government initiates immigration court proceedings against thousands of children. Some of these youth grew up in the United States and have lived in the country for years, and many have fled violence and persecution in their home countries. The Obama Administration even recently called an influx of children coming across the Southern border a “humanitarian situation.” And yet, thousands of children required to appear in immigration court each year do so without an attorney. This case seeks to remedy this unacceptable practice… http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/newsroom/release/groups-sue-over-failure-provide-lawyers-children-deportation-proceedings

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