9th Circ. Remains Silent On Migrant Kids' Right To Counsel

By Suzanne Monyak (May 3, 2019, 10:09 PM EDT) -- The full Ninth Circuit ducked the question of whether children should have the right to government-appointed counsel in immigration court proceedings, instead ruling on more narrow grounds to revive one Honduran teenager's claims for deportation relief.

The only case of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups had argued before the appeals court that kids facing deportation in immigration courts — which are housed under the U.S. Department of Justice — have a constitutional right to be appointed counsel if they cannot afford an attorney, as people are in traditional criminal courts.

The advocates were representing a...

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