immigrant toddlers summoned to appear in court alone for deportation proceedings
By Erin White
June 29, 2018
Despite calls to end the Trump administrations family separation policy at our borders, families who have already been separated are still being processed apart. According to the Texas Tribune, immigrant toddlers have been ordered to appear in court alone to stand trial for their own deportation proceedings.
“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,” said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles. “It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.”
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