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New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

October 02, 2014 (1 min read)

"In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally.

Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly bill hundreds of dollars an hour have been packing training sessions to learn immigration law and take on the children's cases. Legal-aid organizations call it an unprecedented response by this group of attorneys.

The effort leaves the firms open to criticism from conservative activists who say the minors should be returned to their home countries. But the attorneys say the children, who aren't entitled to a public defender, have a right to due process." - Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1, 2014.