Reveal: Migrant Children’s Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court
Monday, November 19, 2018
Credit: Associated Press
Reveal: Migrant Children's Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court
Patrick Michels, investigative reporter, Reveal
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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