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The injustice of deporting children without representation

The injustice of deporting children without representation

A Department of Justice immigration judge recently made headlines for testifying that 3- and 4-year-old migrant children could be taught immigration law and could competently represent themselves in court.

“You can do a fair hearing,” said Judge Jack H. Weil. “[Children] get it. It's not the most efficient, but it can be done.” He was testifying in a deposition for a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU and other legal organizations to challenge the government's failure to appoint counsel for children facing deportation.

Weil's bosses promptly disavowed his comments, and he claimed his words had been taken out of context....

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