According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 23,553 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the Southwest Border between October 2015 and February 2016. Most of these children came from Mexico and Central America, fleeing poverty, systemic violence and governmental failure.
Unaccompanied children face a long and arduous journey from their home countries to the comparative security of the United States. Once they arrive, many hope to be granted asylum, but they face considerable barriers, not the least of which is a lack of proper legal representation in asylum proceedings.
The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, introduced as S. 2540 by Senator Reid (D-NV) and H.R. 4646 by Representative Lofgren (CA-19) would ensure access to counsel, legal orientation programs and post-release services for children and other vulnerable individuals while they are in immigration court proceedings.
Urge your Senators and Representative to support the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act.