>In the United States, many children in immigration court proceedings are unrepresented and must present their case to stay in the country without the help of a lawyer.
Well considering how American consumerism and the uninformed lazy American people basically destroyed the countries these kids are fleeing we should help out just a bit maybe just to get their country back in order.
>If this is true, why don’t the children automatically have a lawyer? Because immigration proceedings are considered civil actions and not criminal proceedings. In other words, what is being decided in immigration court is whether someone can remain in the country — not whether to punish the person for illegally entering the country. Thus, indigent children are not entitled to appointed, government-paid counsel the way they would if they were accused of committing a crime.
The answer is obvious, these children must commit crimes in order to receive a lawyer.