"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12
are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise
in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys
and girls in search of a childhood, fleeing violence or desperate to
"Two immigrant advocacy groups recommended this morning that minors in immigration court be appointed government attorneys and that asylum regulations be liberalized to cover the special needs of migrant minors who come into the U.S. unlawfully without a parent or guardian.