“There should be a public defender system for children,” said Kristie-Ann Padrón, an attorney with Catholic Charities, a nonprofit that took Arlin and her brother’s case for free. “They are not legally competent to sign a contract. How could they be expected to represent themselves in court?”
Padrón says, if deported, some of the children have nothing to go back to.
“Some were suffering from gang violence’” she said.
With the help of Catholic Charities, Arlin and her brother won their asylum case.
Three years have passed, he’s an honors student in high school. Arlin has learned English and works as a supervisor at a movie theatre while she gets her degree.
“I’m doing mechanical engineering and I want to work with the NASA,” Arlin said.
The NBC6 Investigators spent time in immigration court. We spoke with several kids who were facing a Miami judge alone without representation. They told us in Spanish that they fear being deported back.
Most immigration judges we saw in Miami tried to get unaccompanied minors help with non-profit attorneys but those organizations say there just isn’t enough free legal aid to meet the demand.
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Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and welcome March back into your life. Ah, March: The month that claims to be better than February, only to end up being just as awful as February, only longer. “Out like a lamb,” my tushie. March better get its act together, or I’m gonna hunt it down and beat it like a mule. LET’S GO!
20/20 – 10:00PM (ABC) After giving interviews to CNN, NBC, TMZ, Edmonton public access television, and any other media outlet I can think of, Charlie Sheen continues his nutbar parade tonight with an extended hourlong interview with the folks at ABC. Expect lots of bi-winning. Every time I watch Sheen being interviewed now, I expect him to leap out of the television and hack me to pieces. He’s a very frightening man. Who has tiger blood. ANTICIPATION: BAYONETS!
LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN – 11:30PM (CBS) If the Sheen interview hasn’t quite exhausted your appetite for on-camera disasters, then tune into Letterman tonight, because there’s going to be a performance from “Spider-man: Turn off the Dark.” So if you like terrible music and people falling out of poorly rigged harnesses, you’re in for quite a treat. ANTICIPATION: LAWSUIT!
ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY – 10:00PM (PBS) Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison when she was only 16 years old. This special explores the terrible neglect and abuse she suffered as a child that likely shaped her as a killer and gave her virtually no chance to have a successful life. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen will be having sex with a porn star on a pile of hundreds tonight. ANTICIPATION: SAD!
BIZARRE FOODS – 9:00PM (Travel Channel) Zimmern hangs out with San Francisco foodie snobs who look for alternative food sources such as edible bugs, and foraging in the wild. Oh, did you buy your mushrooms at a GROCERY STORE? You’re such a pawn of the system. ANTICIPATION: HIPSTERS!
TRUE GRIT – 8:00PM (AMC) The old one. Not the good one. I’m told the old one is about a guy who ate a bad clam. ANTICIPATION: THE DUKE!