Anti-Immigrant laws have gotten worse over the years. They are stricter, harsher and now they apply to everyone, including children. It is unfortunate that immigrant children are being smuggled illegally into the country. Yet, it is not uncommon that children do not make it their destination in the U.S. They are usually stopped by the border control.”From October through July, the authorities detained 21,842 unaccompanied minors, most at the Southwest border, a 48% increase over a year earlier.” And yet you would think that the children would not have to go through the long deportation process which includes detention centers and courts. The sad reality is that millions of immigrant children are going through all of this alone.
Youths [are posing] troubling difficulties for American immigration courts,” because immigrant children are being forced to represent themselves in court without a lawyer. Even though these children are immigrants and minors under the law, they don’t have any rights. So why is our legal system, who supposedly strives to protect children, deprive them of any right to have equal representation in court?
The cruel reality is that young people have little chance of navigating the system without lawyers. “Parents often do not understand that their children, no matter how young, must attend court hearings or the judge can issue a final deportation order — the equivalent of a criminal arrest warrant — in absentia.”Children do now know what is going on when they are facing deportation and need the guidance, but they are often left alone to fight for their right to stay in the United States.
Also, the deportation process is very long and some children go weeks or even months before it is time for their court hearings. Some children are lucky if they get the help from organizations that provide lawyers, but in most cases this does not occur. So if the United States is the land of the free and equal opportunities, then why are we not letting young immigrants have the opportunity to obtain their American Dream? Do you think these immigrant children should be punished for being unaccompanied while crossing the border, or should we as a nation help protect the children that are alone?