There’s a way to debate refugee asylum without victimizing unaccompanied minors

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun to slash funding for English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors in federal migrant shelters.

Editorial (NATIONAL, Texas)

Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2019

Tags: Migrant Children


Making it more difficult for minors to obtain legal aid is even a greater travesty. What adult would go into court without an attorney? Why should children, some as young as 13 and already traumatized, face the prospect of going it alone in an immigration hearing?

Legal representation doesn’t mean that minors will get to stay, only that they will have someone available to advocate on their behalf, or assist in their return to their home country if they don’t qualify for asylum.