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Kids Facing Deportation Can’t Sue to Get Lawyers, Court Says

  • Appeals court overturns previous decision allowing boy to sue
  • Panel asks president, Congress to seek political solution
A boy from Honduras watches a movie at a detention facility run by the U.S. Border Patrol on Sept. 8, 2014, in McAllen, Texas.

A boy from Honduras watches a movie at a detention facility run by the U.S. Border Patrol on Sept. 8, 2014, in McAllen, Texas.

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Undocumented immigrant children can’t sue the U.S. government to have lawyers represent them in deportation hearings, an appeals court ruled.

Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed a judge’s decision last year rejecting the government’s bid to throw out the lawsuit. The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union amid concerns over the deportation of child immigrants, many of them fleeing violence in Central America.