Toddlers Have Their Day in Court

Amid stricter immigration controls, a lingering family separation crisis, and a continued flow of children crossing the border alone, kids are ending up in government custody “far longer than they ever have been”—and they’re getting younger, write Vivian Yee and Miriam Jordan.

The number of children in US government custody has swelled in recent years. Fernanda Jacqueline Davila was just 2 when she appeared in New York immigration court. In the past year, children under 6 are a regular presence. “They often sit at counsel tables alone, unaccompanied by any family and sometimes without even a lawyer.”

The New York Times


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