A Federal appeals court in the US has ruled that solitary migrant kids have the rights to be heard in the court before being detained. This ruling comes even as several thousands of solitary kids are arriving at the US.
Several thousands of solitary migrant kids from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have arrived at the US in the recent years. They have fled from their nations to escape drugs and gang violence and are unaccompanied by their parents.
The federal court of appeals in the US said that migrant kids who arrive at the US solitarily possess the right to be heard by the courts prior to their detention. This means that they can challenge their detention and request for a ruling to hand them over to the family in the US, as quoted by the Indian Express.
The two acts passed by the US Congress do not eliminate the rights of solitary migrants kids to be entitled to a hearing in the court prior to the detention by the federal immigration authorities, said the U.S. Circuit 9th Court of Appeals.
The US federal officials place the vast majority of solitary migrant kids from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala with US families. In the meanwhile, the cases are heard in the immigration courts while the families take of the minors’ upbringing and education.
It has been estimated by the immigration advocates that several hundreds of children are present in secure custody. Hearing by courts will give them a chance to comprehend the reason for detention and challenge the same.
University of California’s Immigration Law Clinic Co- Director Holly Cooper said that lack of transparency and an infinite period of detention have diverse psychological effects on solitary migrant kids.
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