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Immigration charges: 2-year-old facing deportation proceedings

This past summer was a particularly cruel one for New York. Hot, humid weather had everyone feeling a little weary. Even though October has arrived and the temperatures are breaking, the summer's hot button debate over immigration charges  and minor children continues to linger. 

A New York immigration judge recently found himself presiding over a case with a shocking defendant. A 2-year-old child was present, somehow expected to plead her case. Adults in the court room attempted to determine if the child spoke English or Spanish, but the child was so frightened she could merely nod. At 2, she surely could not even comprehend where she was or why she was there. 

Children have a particularly difficult time understanding immigration charges. If the child has been in detention, he or she may not even have a parent or guardian present to help with a court case. Many children do not even understand what immigration charges are, and many likely cannot present any useful testimony to the court, putting pressure on judges to try to make the right call in each case. 

When a young child is the subject of a case involving immigration charges, friends and family may not know how to help, if they are even available. An experienced attorney may be able to help and can represent the child's best interests before the court. Many children had no say when a parent or guardian brought them into the United States without documentation, and should not have to face legal consequences alone. 

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