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Reveal: Migrant Children’s Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court

Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for...

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Above: Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla.

Reveal: Migrant Children's Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court

GUEST:

Patrick Michels, investigative reporter, Reveal

Transcript

There is an all-time high of 14,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody.

By law, the children are supposed to get free legal services. But a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting says some lawyers who work with unaccompanied minors have been discouraged from challenging the government in court when it comes to whether a child should be released.

That’s because those lawyers work for legal aid groups that are partly funded by the federal government and going up against the government in court could put future funding in jeopardy.

Patrick Michels, a reporter with Reveal, discusses the potential conflict of interest some immigration attorneys face and what that means for migrant children in U.S. custody.

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