Public Advocate Letitia James proposes program to help undocumented youth in immigration court

Public Advocate Letitia James says something needs to be done to help undocumented children navigate immigration court. James says she wants to start a special

Letitia James says more lawyers are needed to

Letitia James says more lawyers are needed to represent children in immigration court. (Credit: News 12)

MANHATTAN - Public Advocate Letitia James says something needs to be done to help undocumented children navigate immigration court.

James says she wants to start a special service for undocumented children who are in the country without their parents.

"These children as young as 5 years old come without any knowledge of our legal system and are expected to represent themselves in immigration court," says James.

The immigration task force will recruit and train pro-bono attorneys to represent children. James also wants a help desk at immigration court. This would provide counsel and resources for undocumented children and their families. The help desk would also train attorneys.

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