Immigration rights are a contentious issue in the United States. Individual rights are a key issue in most arrests, and that is no different when the charges are for illegal entry into the county. When children or minors are involved, it’s even more complicated.
A recent ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California has overruled existing laws about detaining minors. The decision begins with a 1997 lawsuit and was reexamined in court this year over the detention of a 16 year-old boy who had entered the country illegally. Instead of releasing him to mother in California, he was in custody for over one year. The ruling concludes that minors are entitled to a court hearing.