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The Trump administration is forcing children—even toddlers–to appear in court alone.

Under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, toddlers under 5-years old are having to defend themselves against the US government, which is always represented by a lawyer. What makes this insane is that criminal defendants, regardless of their citizenship status, have the right to government-funded legal representation.  These children don’t. They don’t even get access to interpreters. 

According to Trump stooge John Kelly, torturing children is part of the Trump administration’s plan to create a “tough deterrent”.

I imagine the inhumanity against your fellow man can break you down. That is the only way I can describe the mentality of Justice Department immigration judges who continue this farce. Judge Jack H. Weil, according to the Washington Post, actually said this:

I’ve taught immigration law literally to 3 and 4 year olds… They get it.

Go F___ yourself.

When you decide you’ve had enough, the New York Times has a few suggestions on what to do:  Call Congress, protest, donate to groups providing free legal aid, and, most importantly, VOTE.

Non-profit organizations providing legal aid:

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