Court rules immigrant children detained in US are entitled to a bond hearing

IMMIGRATION | After children immigrate to the US without their parents, they are subject to deportation hearings. While waiting for the hearings, the government will sometimes place them in detention centers without any plan for release. A court has ruled that unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children have the right to a court hearing to determine whether they can be released. (NYT, 7/5)

Lawyers representing the minors in the case presented evidence from more than a dozen children who had endured prolonged detention.

Among them was a child identified as Hector, who was detained when he was 15 and remained confined for 16 months.

“I feel desperate,” he wrote at one point, according to the court. “My only wish is to leave detention, live with my mom and study.”

Then, last December, the government released Hector to his mother without any explanation, the court said.

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