Undocumented Central American minors not getting due process in US immigration cases

More than two-thirds of minors appearing in US immigration courts, most escaping violence in Central America, are not represented by an attorney.

By Jessica Mendoza

August 15, 2014 Global Post - In the United States, thousands of immigrants – many of them underage, mentally ill or otherwise vulnerable – risk deportation as they face the court system without legal counsel.

Of the 375,000 cases currently pending in immigration courts throughout the nation, more than 40,000 involve juveniles. But because the US government does not guarantee counsel for undocumented immigrants, more than two-thirds of those children appear in court without a lawyer, according to the latest report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which tracks immigration data.

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