I recently read an article by CNN reporter, Rose Marie Arce, that discussed the issue of children who enter the U.S. illegally and are detained. The article's title gets straight to the point: "Detained immigrant children face legal maze in U.S." Arce discusses the problem that many detained children face upon crossing illegal: the legal battle that will decide where said children will end up. Most of these children do not have lawyers and must represent themselves in court; because of this arrangement many easily lose the battle and are sent back to where they came from. Unfortunately, many of these kids have crossed the border illegally to rejoin parents who have already done so and to escape from impoverished homes where a healthy future is not a likely scenario. Organization--like Kids in Need of Defense--exist to provide these kids with the representation they need to have a fair trial in which lawyers can clearly present the inadequacy of their homes and thus achieve an agreement which would allow such children to stay. Sadly, such groups are low on funding and, therefore, fail to provide these generous services to more than a few kids.
I found the article to be interesting because I feel that children are commonly overlooked when discussing the issue of illegal immigration.