It has recently come to my attention that, in the United States, it is not uncommon for children as young as 3 to be expected to represent themselves in immigration court.
Yes, I said 3
Yes, I said represent themselves. As in legally. As in without a lawyer.
There is a petition, please sign it, spread the word, counteract the injustice which disguises itself as stupidity.
Of course it goes well beyond stupidity. According to the ACLU
The U.S. ordered the deportation of almost 2,800 children who did not have counsel between July 2014 and August 2015. The Guardian reported at least 83 individuals were killed upon return when deported to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras between January 2014 and October 2015
It’s reprehensible. It breaks my heart.
No matter where you stand on the immigration debate, the idea that toddlers are capable of legally representing themselves is ludicrous.