The Trump administration is forcing children—even toddlers—to appear in court alone.
The Trump administration is forcing children as young as toddlers to represent themselves in immigration courts pic.twitter.com/JTtEAooyQI
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 3, 2018
Under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, toddlers under five years old are having to defend themselves against the US government, which is always represented by a lawyer. What makes this insane is that criminal defendants, regardless of their citizenship status, have the right to government-funded legal representation. These children don’t. They don’t even get access to interpreters.
According to Trump stooge John Kelly, torturing children is part of the Trump administration’s plan to create a “tough deterrent”.
I imagine the inhumanity against your fellow man can break you down. That is the only way I can describe the mentality of Justice Department immigration judges who continue this farce. Judge Jack H. Weil, according to the Washington Post, actually said this:
I’ve taught immigration law literally to 3 and 4 year olds… They get it.
Go F___ yourself.
When you decide you’ve had enough, the New York Times has a few suggestions on what to do: Call Congress, protest, donate to groups providing free legal aid, and, most importantly, VOTE.
Non-profit organizations providing legal aid: