Immigrant children who come to the country illegally with their parents don’t have a right to a government-appointed lawyer in court, ruled an appeals court on Monday.
The ruling came for the case of a Honduran boy who came to the United States in 2014 at just 13 years old and was unjustly denied a stay of deportation.
The boy came to America with his mother and went to immigration court without a lawyer.
While criminal defendants, whether they’re citizens or not, have the right to government-funded legal representation, that important right doesn’t extend to immigration cases.
In the racist and unfair ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that Congress had failed to legislate to guarantee legal representation to minors in other similar cases.
The ruling received critical responses from immigrant rights advocates, who predict it could set off mass deportations against innocent children in similar situations.
Between 2014 and 2016, the U.S. received a massive influx of unaccompanied minors and family units running away from violence and economic hardship in Central America.
“If permitted to stand, [the ruling] will result in the deportation of thousands of vulnerable children to some of the most violent places on earth,” Ahilan Arulanantham, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said to Reuters.
Also according to Reuters…”The ruling comes as President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking changes to immigration court proceedings in order to speed up deportations”
In his concurrence of the horrible ruling, Judge John Owens said that the matter of unaccompanied minors is “a different question that could lead to a different answer.”