Immigration attorney represented 3-year-old


when it comes to reunification there wasn’t a word about it in the president’s executive order and as we listen to them today it doesn’t sound like they have any plan whatsoever plan to reunite families with their children that were separated the Border attorneys say they’re seeing even more young toddlers in these deportation hearings in front of judges in Immigration Court of lawyer who recently represented a three-year-old joins me now Lindsay to laski. Lindsay I was stunned when I read your account on the Texas Tribune this week tell me what it was like in the courtroom with a three-year-old sure so when we have very small children like this coming into court it’s really difficult because these kids are coming into a place that’s really just not set up for them there’s no minimum age for children to appear in Immigration Court so I’m even infants can be given a notice to appear and brought in front of a judge the past that would be done with their parents but what we saw in this case and what we anticipate will keep happening because of the repercussions of the zero-tolerance policy is that more children will be given this notice to appear to come into court when they do these courts are just L equipped to deal with them and envy it’s important to note it’s a fact that this 3 year old toddler had your representation makes them one of the lucky ones I mean documented immigrants are not guaranteed the right that all Americans are afforded which is the right to legal representation Court exactly in so what we have seen in court swimwear there with our own clients are very young children John their own some so little that you know in court there’s no booster seats there’s no teddy bears it’s a cold Immigration Court and so these kids are sitting in chairs that are too big for them their feet don’t even touch the floor I’m just little things that I think parents would really understand these they can bring snacks into the courtroom year sometime sitting there for 2 hours during a docket and you’re very small children who can’t even have a snack during that time the ports are often the docket sore when these kids would normally napping but does let me ask you this does the court look differently at all Lindsey on the Asylum claims of these children of these toddlers of these teenagers some of them going through this without representation or are they held to the same standard is the adult seeking Asylum so I’m children do have some there are some changes made for children in terms of what they need to presenting their cases but they still are you know expected 2% to claim that gives them a called miscible right to Asylum and so without their parents their that’s very difficult oftentimes these children don’t understand the reasons that they fled their country they don’t stand the intricacies of the political situation that they fled I mean that’s information their parents have and when they’ve been ripped apart from their parents it makes it exceedingly difficult for us as attorneys to be able to build a case for them to be able got them Asylum and so that’s why I you know our office is working hard to reunify families so that we can actually represent the family unit Lindsay thank you very much Lindsay took Laskey I appreciate you being here please keep us say so much
Immigration attorney Lindsay Toczylowski talks with CNN’s Poppy Harlow about representing a three-year-old in court for a deportation hearing.

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