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Triangle lawyers head to border to aid immigrant children

Posted September 12, 2014

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— Hundreds of immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border alone have been placed with sponsor families in North Carolina until their cases can be heard in court, but thousands more await hearings at holding facilities near the border.

Two immigration lawyers from Raleigh recently left their practices for a week and paid their own way to a holding facility in Artesia, N.M., to help some of the children and their mothers fleeing dangerous conditions in Central America.

"I felt like a real pull to do something about what was going on at the border," attorney Claudia Hurtado-Myers said.

For every case where asylum was granted, there were busloads of women and children who were sent back across the border, Hurtado-Myers and attorney Katy Chavez said.

"They were saying that they need to go back home so that nobody else will come," Chavez said of government representatives.

"They come to us for refuge, and our laws are already in place for us to help them," Hurtado-Myers said. "We forget that each individual person is here with a story."

"This is the most important work that we can do," Chavez said, noting the women and children were trying to escape street gangs and domestic violence.

Both attorneys are back in Raleigh, but they said the emotional memories of their border fights remain strong.

"Really, the worst part was when you left, and it just all hit you," Chavez said.


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  • Lester Oliver Sep 12, 2014
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    I just sit back and laugh at all of the hysterics from the " anti-immigrant" crowd. If you really think that an immigrant is coming here and taking your job, you have a lousy job! They are not here taking surgeon jobs, lawyer jobs, CEO jobs, skilled worker jobs. NOPE, they are here trying to make a decent life and take on the worst of the worst jobs imaginable. I fully support them.

  • shallottemustang Sep 12, 2014

    Just so we are clear, Hurtado's and Chavez's legal fees including travel expenses are being paid by the tax payers, not out of the goodness of their hearts. Who do you think foots the bill for EVERY attorney fee for ANYONE who can't afford an attorney? You and I do!

    It is guaranteed by our legal system that EVERYONE has a right to an attorney and if you can't afford one, one will be appointed for you.

    So no wonder we have this problem. If you came to this country illegally has most of these kids parents and or relatives they are now being placed with did, and you now have your kids come across and turn themselves in you are going to be granted stay in the U.S., at least until your case is heard which might take years. When your case is heard you are given an attorney PAID for by tax payers of the U.S. like these two.

    And who do you all think is going to pay for these kids education AND medical expenses? Yep, you and I, the middle class tax payers of America.

    We're screwed.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 12, 2014

    I wonder why these lawyer haven't "felt a real pull" to give free legal advice and representation to Americans in America?
    Very tired of all the cowtowing being done to citizens of other countries (who couldn't even be bothered to put a minimum of effort forward to obey our laws or respect our borders) while Americans go without.

  • dlnorri Sep 12, 2014

    Why do they keep calling them immigrants. They are illegals (or illegal aliens if you want to be more precise). More troubling yet another picture of the issue, I see four accompanied kids and at least 10 adults. I have yet to see any physical evidence that there are unaccompanied kids crossing our borders. This has from the start appeared to be a big scam (perpetrated on us by our government). Recall they have never allowed press access and bound all those working the border to some kind of silence.

  • Gary Hines Sep 12, 2014
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    Lawyers are going to aid illegal immigrants. How is that possible! Only in America. This country is going from strength to weakness and our president is leading the way!

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Sep 12, 2014
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    No information has been released by the Obama administration as to WHERE the nearly 76,000 illegal children and typically their mother has been sent.... or how many of the nearly 80,000 illegal teenage and adults that also crossed and were captured have been sent.

    All we do know is that there are over 11 million people now in the US... and Obama wants to grant millions of them amnesty.... as Democrats in the Senate remain quiet. If Obama succeeds, and grants the amnesty.... middle class Americans can look forward to lower wages and higher taxes. (CBO)

  • papasan Sep 12, 2014

    Mexico needs to stop assisting these invaders, regardless of the age, coming into the USA. It is a long trip from Central America to the USA, ACCROSS MEXICO; I have serious doubts these youngsters are making that trip unaided.
    Therefore, IMHO Mexico is aiding and abetting this invasion. Mexico needs to STOP this action, we are on the verge of implosion from this invasion and if we implode, a large influx of US dollars will cease going into Mexico.

  • stymieindurham Sep 12, 2014

    For every case where asylum was granted, there were busloads of women and children who were sent back across the border, Hurtado-Myers and attorney Katy Chavez said.
    That's odd. I haven't read this anywhere??
    By the way, Hurtado and Chavez should stay her and help those who are going to have to pay for all these extra illegals.