New DOJ Memos Restrict Help For Migrant Kids In Court

By Suzanne Monyak (November 25, 2019, 9:21 PM EST) -- A pair of recent policy memos issued by the U.S. Department of Justice places more limits on legal service providers offering assistance to unaccompanied migrant children  — who are not guaranteed attorneys — raising due process concerns among observers and advocates.

James McHenry, the director of the DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review — which houses the immigration courts — said in a Thursday memo that attorneys or others serving in the role of "friend of the court," who can assist unaccompanied minors without fully representing them, may not appear in immigration court as an advocate for kids. 

In another memo released a...

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