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Alarming Video Shows Immigrant Children Without Lawyers Representing Themselves In Court

Date July 6, 2018 15:36

A recent video clip showing immigrant children on trial before a judge without any lawyer representing them is going viral and bringing to the forefront the issue of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

 

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In one of the videos shared by Now This, little children are seen in court being asked questions by a judge. The children look quite scared and totally unaware of what was going on.

 

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While these images may seem shocking, the court proceedings have been going on in America for several years. A sheer number of children who have been displaced and separated from their parents since April 2018 is the main reason why this particular issue is again in the news.

 

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President Trump recently signed an order mandating the US courts to reunite children of immigrants with their parents. However, the children are required to appear in court for deportation proceedings. Attorneys in Texas, California, and Washington D.C. note that some of the children are even too young to contribute anything to the proceedings.

Lindsay Toczylowski, the executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles, represents several children in court, some of whom are still toddlers.

We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table. It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.

According to Texas Tribune, a court order from a federal judge mandated the White House on Tuesday to reunite children under 5 with their parents within 14 days and those older within 30 days. However, some legal practitioners are concerned about the ramifications of this order.

Texas-based attorney Cynthia Milian worries about the fate of the children, especially seeing as the deportation efforts of US Immigration is quite irregular.

We don’t know how the judge’s order is going to play out with reunification of children. What if parents have already been deported?

In the meantime, critics of the Trump's policy have decried the current situation, calling it unfair.

According to the US laws, the children are not entitled to an attorney but may be represented by pro-bono legal services organizations. As the backlash continues, many Americans and observers around the world wait to see the resolution.

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