As an influx of immigrant children continue to enter states all across the country, including California, government officials are looking for ways to offer them the protection for which they have come. These children are coming without parents and most do not have family support in the country. A bill recently introduced in Congress would provide legal representation for detainees, namely these children, in an effort to provide them with the support they desperately need.
A man who came to the United States with his mother at age two, and who speaks only English is sitting in an immigration prison while appealing an order for his deportation. And, although his mother became a citizen, his eight younger siblings are all citizens, and his wife of 33 years and their four children were all born in California, he never went through the citizenship procedure. So far, the courts have denied his asylum claim.
California immigrants accused of a crime may have to wait a lengthy period of time before receiving any legal assistance. Sometimes an immigrant could be deported before ever receiving the help they need and in other cases they may have been involved in a crime and could serve as a witness to help in a criminal trial. Either way, many of these people are deported by the United States government before they ever receive the chance to testify or defend their own innocence. Representation for detainees is a right, and now defense lawyers across the country are crying foul at what they perceive to be a grave injustice.