Groups Sue Obama Administration to Provide Lawyers for Illegal Immigrant Children

BREITBART — Immigrant-rights groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration for failing to provide legal representation to illegal immigrant children in deportation hearings Wednesday. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP, it is an injustice that many illegal immigrant minors appear before immigration courts without an attorney. “If we believe in due process for children in our country, then we cannot abandon them when they face deportation in our immigration courts,” Ahilan Arulanantham, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a statement, pointing out that the government always has representation by a trained prosecutor. J.E.F.M. v. Holder — the 27-page suit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle — charges that the government is violating the illegal immigrants’ due process rights and the Immigration and Nationality Act by failing to provide the minors with legal representation. [Read More]