The Trump administration is forcing children—even toddlers—to appear in court alone.
Under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, toddlers under five years old are having to defend themselves against the US government, which is always represented by a lawyer. What makes this insane is that criminal defendants, regardless of their citizenship status, have the right to government-funded legal representation. These children don’t. They don’t even get access to interpreters.
According to Trump stooge John Kelly, torturing children is part of the Trump administration’s plan to create a “tough deterrent”.
I imagine the inhumanity against your fellow man can break you down. That is the only way I can describe the mentality of Justice Department immigration judges who continue this farce. Judge Jack H. Weil, according to the Washington Post, actually said this:
I’ve taught immigration law literally to 3 and 4 year olds… They get it.
Go F___ yourself.
When you decide you’ve had enough, the New York Times has a few suggestions on what to do: Call Congress, protest, donate to groups providing free legal aid, and, most importantly, VOTE.
Non-profit organizations providing legal aid: