CBS News: For Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, A Shortage of Lawyers

CBS News reports that unaccompanied immigrant children are scrambling to meet the needs of minors seeking pro-bono legal representation, especially as the administration picks up the pace of hearings and deportations. “Every single immigration lawyers’ bar association across the country is scrambling to try to find people to even take the first little tiny hearing for these cases,” said Laura Lichter, a Colorado-based immigration attorney and the former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Children coming from countries other than Mexico and Canada are guaranteed a hearingĀ beforeĀ an immigration judge before they can be deported, but those fleeing violence in their home countries can’t possibly navigate the complex asylum system without the help of an attorney trained in that area of immigration law, advocates say.

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