Jun 25, 2014 8:40 PM by Lupita Murillo
NOGALES AZ.- Under current immigration law, adults are detained and deported, but unaccompanied minors are treated differently especially from Central America.
Immigration attorneys say the unaccompanied minors have a right to legal representation. Immigration lawyer Luis Parra said, "Many of these unaccompanied minors may have refugee or asylum status claims."
Parra just got back from the American Immigration Lawyers Association national conference where the unaccompanied minors were the main topic of conversation. "There's been a task force by the AILA to assist these unaccompanied minors assist in this humanitarian effort in any way possible.
The attorneys have even agreed to do this free of charge, so what's the hold up? Parra said, "The government needs to define how when or what that assistance from AILA or from other immigration practitioners who are willing to provide pro bono legal services. When these pro bono services can be rendered when and how."
He adds, these children just can't be deported to a country that's not theirs meaning Mexico.