Kingsley & Kingsley Lawyers Liane Katzenstein Ly and Eric Kingsley, known for their groundbreaking employee rights work in the state of California, visited the El Paso, TX border with Mexico to assist local non-profits with migrant assistance programs and report on juvenile court conditions.
Attorneys Liane Katzenstein Ly and Eric Kingsley met with several members of the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services (DMRS) and attended juvenile court immigration court proceedings for several hours over the course of two days.
According to attorney Eric Kingsley, the experience was difficult to see, “What we learned from watching these proceedings was heartbreaking. Many children voluntarily depart back to their homes as the government is willing to help facilitate this. For some, this makes sense, but for others, those who really need to seek asylum, the chances of being granted asylum are too slim to pursue and they take the option to be sent back home. El Paso has a 92% denial rate for asylum petitions,” said Attorney Kingsley.
Attorney Liane Katzenstein Ly found some silver linings, but, overall, was similarly disheartened, “Despite the kids being adorned in their Sunday best, and the judge showing kindness to them on several occasions, there was an informality to the court proceedings that was jarring. The judge switched from case to case, sometimes handling an issue in one case while a totally different child sat in front of him.”
“We have a lot of work to do. Even if everyone involved is doing their best to treat these kids well, it is obvious that the system is robbing them of their legal rights. Many of those that the majority of Americans would want to receive asylum are being turned away,” said Attorney Katzenstein Ly.
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