U.S. citizens expect the right to access to an attorney should they have to appear in court. For people in the U.S. immigration system, even for children, such rights are not guaranteed.
Thousands of migrant children go through the immigration process and are asked questions that many adults couldn’t answer without legal help.
Grace Meng is senior researcher in Human Rights Watch’s U.S. program. She investigates abuses in the U.S. immigration system and its intersections with the criminal justice system. She tells us about some of what she says are unjust and inhumane situations for migrants while their cases are adjudicated.