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Feds oppose lawsuit, attorneys for migrant minors

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Updated: 9/03 1:53 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — Attorneys for the federal government say moving forward on a lawsuit demanding legal representation for immigrant minors facing deportation would attract more children to travel to the United States.

Government attorneys also said at the hearing in Seattle's U.S. District Court on Thursday that it would be unlikely for Congress to approve the money needed for legal representation.

Those were two of several arguments heard by a federal judge on a lawsuit filed by a coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups who say the majority of minors in deportation proceedings lack legal representation. The groups argue this practice violates the Constitution, saying the minors are entitled to due process under the Fifth Amendment.

The lawsuit would require the government to provide minors with legal representation. It's also seeking class-action certification.


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