South Florida Attorneys Bring Help For Migrant Kids That Have To Face U.S. Courts On Their Own

South Florida facilities for unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border have loomed large in the debate over the treatment of the youngest immigrants.

Audio, News Story (Florida)

Madeline Fox
WLRN (South Florida)
August 8, 2019

Tags: Migrant Children

Organizations mentioned/involved: Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) (Miami)


ANZARDO VALDES: In immigration there is no right to government-funded attorneys, so if the child does not present themselves in court with an attorney, then they are expected to present their case on their own and face the judge on their own.

Immigration law is very complex – it’s complex for us attorneys – so imagine a child who may not have had the opportunity to go to school, who doesn’t know the language, and now is forced to hash out asylum law on their own.

We also provide direct representation for children whose immigration court case gets started while they’re at the facility or if they have no sponsor.