Here at HRI, we are awaiting the real results in the current debate on immigration reform.
Among many issues, one we pay close attention to is the issue of immigrant children. More than half of the unaccompanied children facing US immigration courts must do so alone, sometimes even without the help of a translator. The NY Times has a great article on the lack of legal representation for minors and how going through the American judicial system can be viewed as “trauma.” Click here for the original NY Times article.
Right now, HRI is defending 16 cases for children to receive Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. We continue to be the only agency to provide free legal representation to children in North Texas. We endorse the fact that immigration reform needs to include the provision of legal representation to minors.