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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Immigration Judge Jack. H. Weil Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves in Court

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From the Washington Post:

A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate over whether immigrant children facing deportation are entitled to taxpayer-funded attorneys.

Jack. H. Weil, a longtime immigration judge who is responsible for training other judges, made the assertion in sworn testimony in a deposition in federal court in Seattle. His comments highlighted the plight of thousands of juveniles who are forced to defend themselves each year in immigration court amid the surge of children crossing the southwest border from Central America.


I'm speechless.

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Updated 03-04-2016 at 08:14 AM by MKolken

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  1. Secretshopper's Avatar
    At least he is consistent. ("I'm not bigoted, I hate EVERYBODY!")
  2. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    I'm speechless.
    Biased post that distorts the realities and complexities of the actual case.

    From the Washington Post:
    Weil, in a brief email, said his statements don’t “present an accurate assessment of my views on this topic” and were being “taken out of context.” He said he would need Justice Department permission to speak further and did not respond to subsequent emails.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...82d_story.html

    Judge Jack H. Weil issued only an opinion that lacks of a legal validity nor does it create a precedence.

    Nice try Mr. Kolken.

    End of story.
  3. MKolken's Avatar
    "Who was the speaker? Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Jack Weil, who was a sitting immigration judge from 1994 until 2009 and who from 2009 to 2013, and again since 2015, has been responsible for training everyone - immigration judges, court administrators, interpreters, judicial law clerks and legal technicians - who make hearings before the immigration courts nationwide possible and whose responsibility it is to ensure that those hearings are fair.

    What was the context? A deposition taken by an attorney who has filed a class action lawsuit to obtain legal representation for minors who are placed in removal proceedings. Judge Weil's remarks were taken during what has been reported as a four hour deposition, so perhaps he misspoke. But he confirmed the specific content of his remarks at least twice when the shocked attorney questioning him sought clarification."
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