(Please note: The link to "call you Senators and Representatives" has been corrected.)
As a nation, we recognize the need for children to be protected and valued. We would never allow a toddler to drive themselves. We would not dream of asking an infant to care for their own medical needs. So why are we currently asking children as young as 3 years old to represent themselves in immigration court?
Right now, many children seeking asylum in the United States are forced to represent themselves in court without a lawyer to avoid deportation back to their countries of origin. These children have fled violence, persecution and extreme poverty. For them to be treated as criminals and without proper legal representation is unconscionable.
As people of faith, we cannot allow this unjust practice to continue.
Senator Harry Reid and Representative Zoe Lofgren have introduced The Fair Day in Court Act, a bill that would ensure every child has the legal representation they need and deserve when represented in immigration courts. For this vital legislation to pass, it will take all of us speaking out in favor of it.
We need to ensure ALL Senators and Representatives hear from us-for the sake of the children!