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Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court

"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 reunite...

Dallas IJ Sims Booted from Juvie Immigration Court Docket

"A Dallas immigration judge known for tough enforcement is no longer handling cases involving minors. Michael Baird has replaced Deitrich Sims in overseeing the juvenile docket in North Texas. Local immigration attorneys said the change could reduce tension and add flexibility to cases involving...

Did Media Coverage Help Get a Dallas Immigration Judge Reassigned?

"The day the little girls in pink saw their cases dismissed, at the insistence of ICE and over Sims' clear frustration, most of the kids got what they asked for. In fact, after that long morning of hearings, a few lawyers mentioned how smoothly their cases had gone, and a couple wondered whether...

Refugee Children Face Test in Dallas Immigration Court

"The unaccompanied minors in the Dallas courtroom are all from Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras — where violence, poverty and false beliefs that U.S. authorities treat minors leniently have fueled the crisis at the border. Across the nation’s immigration courts...