America’s dysfunctional immigration court system forces many children to appear in court alone. That’s as ridiculous in real life as it would be on a courtroom television show.
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Thank you, John Oliver, for showing the world how Law and Justice and Human Compassion is totally screwed up in the most advanced Western nation in the world. How can this be ? Bloody shithole country to avoid.
I can't say how grateful I am my mother is a lawyer. She defended herself in court (unless it was a country where a lawyer was required) and won every case she's been in, so whew...
The US, the only country to deport it's own citizens... I swear, the US hates everyone. Just fly in internationally. The TSA and CBC make you feel _welcome._
+bubblegum bitch But running away allows the gangs to win. It isn't about compassion. It is about doing what is right.
If some criminal moves into your house would you cry and run to your neighbor's house or grab a gun and kick the trash out of YOUR house?
you are aware of the fact that these countries they come from are pretty much ruled by drug cartels and gangs? the police and politicians are in the bag of the drug cartells? empathy and compassion is the only way to a peaceful word and a humane and harmonic life. if you wont help other people.. then whats the difference between you and animal?
Ok. 1. Lawyers need to step up and do more pro-bono work. The fact that these people have to go to court without a lawyer in this day and age is completely inexcusable. 2. Children are more intuitive than this woman and these comments attest. If you can't teach a child something critical, than you aren't a very good teacher (sorry students who are "going to law school" you need a refund). 3. If you haven't attempted to flee your current village or city before apparently having the money to go from Honduras to US you are either a victim of human trafficking, or your full of BS, you should try to run before you run to the US; if you can't, and you are a victim of human trafficking, there are other avenues and organizations waiting to help you. Please get help.
I can't even teach my 3-year-old cousin that she's not allowed to pick up the ball in soccer, let alone which part of her foot to kick it with, or even that she can't take a picture with her camera when her finger is on the lens.
Im just imagining a kid who is already old enough to kinda get immigration law (about 14 and up) say the following:
Judge: Would you like to designate a preferred country of removal?
J: And which one is that?
Kid: The United States of America
John Oliver.. being an immigrant yourselves, you know a lot about "legal immigration" documentation. why not make a show on it and let the everyone know how long does an indian or a chinese got to wait in line?
Sounds like the novel Doomsday is on Wednesday, although it's actually worse in the book since the government uses to news to brainwash people and make them commit atrocious acts against people they target.
I just watched the short film Unaccompanied, simulating how immigration court hearings where children have to represent themselves would play out and I can't stop crying. What an unbelievably cruel thing to do, tearing apart children from their families and traumatising them. The American government and the people they're representing can justify this however they want, it's on their conscience.
I’m sorry but domestic violence does not qualify you for asylum. Mainly because you can just move to another city in your country! Asylum should only be reserved for people facing persecution by their government or society as a whole. The real question is where do you draw the line for immigration and asylum standards? And many people defraud the immigration system with false information. How is an immigration court going to verify evidence coming from far away countries that often don’t even keep records themselves.
I really don't understand the consternation over no court appointed lawyer. Why would we foot the bill to help illegal immigrants stay here. That seems counter productive, doesn't it? Look, if you don't want to leave your fate up to the court maybe go through the process LEGALLY! (btw, I'd just as soon not have the court system come into play here at all)
Miranda rights are only offered to American citizens, which is why they are not represented. It's not rocket science...
If parents from other countries send their children, ALONE & ON THEIR OWN, to gain illegal entry to the USA, then the shame is on their parents.
Being three years of age does not automatically qualify for asylum. Building the Wall will minimize cases like this from occurring.
How is something like this possible in the United States? People that feel themselves empowered to uphold "the law" - even if the law is obviously insane, isn't this what Hannah Ahrendt wrote about in her great work "the banality of evil". Keep addressing this, mr. Oliver and hopefully some sane group of people can stop this nonsense from happening.
I'm not sure if you have seen this already. But I figured I would send the link anyways. This guy actually made a video called "Mr. Peanut Domestic Violence". (Yes I looked it up).
Anyways heres the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7brTOmSkLA
I can’t agree with granting asylum to foreign domestic violence victims - is not the role of the US or any other government to be doing the job of another country’s law enforcement on a manageable threat like that. As for fleeing serious criminal gangs I have much more sympathy. I think the Mexican authorities have lost control and the named targets of those gangs cannot be guaranteed safety by the Mexican government. With the power of some of those gangs it’s not terribly dissimilar from fleeing government persecution (which was originally the purpose of asylum). However, regardless of what you believe should qualify, the process as you’ve explained it here is absolutely outrageous - no one deserves to be kept in limbo of 5 years waiting for a hearing! It’s also ridiculous that you aren’t afforded a lawyer and that this isn’t under the judicial branch of government - they should be treated like criminal cases.
And now there are thousands more criminal and immigration cases thrown onto this dumpster fire.
Google or Facebook RAICES, a not for profit that gives legal aid to asylum seekers. They have raised over 15 million and are attempting to provide bail and legal support to the parents of the 2,500 parents who have recently been separated from their children by Trump's monstrous Zero Tolerance Policy.
This is my friend, Sara Oliveira's solution to immigration:
"Here’s my immigration solution.
Anybody without a criminal record and a 5 year plan can come into the country legally. They would be given a a social security number for work authorization only. They would be put on a 7 year benefit hold meaning that after 7 years of paying taxes in the United States, they would be eligible for federal benefits. Those who refuse to pay taxes would be considered illegal and then be at risk for deportation.
Basically the United States would receive free taxes from millions of people. We would not be spending millions on deportations. The wall would be obsolete (even more than it already is) because crossing a border illegally would become unnecessary.
See, that’s called a solution. Mass incarceration and deportation is called a waste of money."
And mind you, she's not just talking out her a** without any research or knowledge on what she's saying, she's majoring in politics because she wants to help make a difference for immigrants all over the country.
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