For the many thousands of immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., access to legal counsel is not currently guaranteed. The result is that children—some as young as four or five—are expected to attend asylum court proceedings without the benefit of an attorney!
To address this critical issue, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) have introduced the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016. This legislation would ensure legal representation for children and other asylum seekers, and uphold due process in these court proceedings.
Please join the KBI in supporting this important legislative action by contacting your congressional representatives to let them know your position. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provides an easy online form to make your voice heard. Here is the link, with thanks for your help in advocating on behalf of immigrant children: http://cqrcengage.com/jesuit/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=194173&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAx3Pd5BXBS6ub4yW8VwMZTw_7iRVoI6F5UmIdUOWsezAOLLFdydxkzXdjlwqss701oU_SH1E0PpoqWxw-ELYcn_VVmGHrHJfjgyiAz0GjKoxI&lp=0.
You can also read the April 29, 2016 letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch sent by 177 organizations, the KBI among them, calling for an immediate halt to conducting deportation proceedings against children who have no legal counsel: https://www.aclu.org/letter/sign-letter-attorney-general-loretta-lynch-re-counsel-children-deportation-proceedings.