HOUSTON, Texas–A 2014 government report by the Congressional Research Service obtained by Breitbart Texas shows that President Obama’s Department of Justice has set forth “policy guidelines” for judges hearing immigration cases of unaccompanied alien children (UAC). Amid the border crisis, which involves thousands of minors entering the U.S. illegally each week, immigration judges have been instructed to “prepare” UAC to testify and use “sensitive” questioning.
The document says that the DOJ’s “Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases, including removal proceedings. … EOIR has specific policies for conducting the removal hearings of UAC to ensure that UAC understand the nature of the proceedings, can effectively present evidence about their cases, and have appropriate assistance.”
It continues, “The policy guidelines discuss possible adjustments to create ‘an atmosphere in which the child is better able to present a claim and participate more fully in the proceedings.'”
Several of the listed guidelines imposed on immigration judges are as follows: “allow child-friendly courtroom modifications (e.g., judges not wearing robes, allowing the child to have a toy, permitting child to testify from a seat rather than the witness stand, allowing more breaks during the proceedings); explain the proceedings at the outset; prepare the child to testify; and employ child-sensitive questioning.”
The document also states that generally, immigration judges decide whether or not “the alien is permitted to remain in the [U.S.] either permanently or temporarily” based on testimony by the UAC. There appears to be no way to verify that the claims of UAC are indeed true.
Many U.S. citizens have expressed outrage over the fact that thousands of illegal aliens are being provided legal counsel at the expense of taxpayers. According to many lawyers, most of the unaccompanied minors who have illegally entered the country this year will ultimately get to stay in the U.S.
In addition to receiving taxpayer-subsidized legal counsel, the immigrants also receive food, housing, education, English lessons, vocational training, and recreation while in federal custody.
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