Groups file class action suit seeking legal representation for children in deportation hearings

Civil rights groups say the Obama Administration failed to act in giving children the right to representation

There is perhaps no more politically charged issue currently than the mass of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border looking to enter the United States. For the Obama Administration, however, this is no longer just a policy or PR concern, as civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit, blaming the Administration for not providing legal representation for children facing deportation hearings.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council and other groups filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle on July 9. The groups seek to have all children supplied legal counsel at these hearings, a right that is not currently given under current government rules.

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