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Representing a Baby in Removal Proceedings

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Meet my client. This morning I had the responsibility to represent a baby in removal proceedings. My client, still 10 days from her 1st birthday and cute as a button, was hailed into immigration court to answer for charges of breaking our immigration laws. My little 11-month-old client came to the United States with her mom, in large part to flee her stepfather who had sexually molested her four-year-old sister. In response to this humanitarian crisis, DHS has charged my baby client with immigration violations and placed her into removal proceedings. She is not able to talk yet and is just learning to walk. She is apparently old enough by DHS standards, however, to be held accountable for accompanying her mom fleeing a nightmare in their home country. Simply breathtaking.

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