Migrant Children Are No-Shows at Dallas Immigration Hearings

Dianne Solid, Dallas News, July 22, 2014

Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.

The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there–18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.

It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.

Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was “prudent” to reset the hearings.

The children are among about 100,000 juveniles who have entered the U.S. without a parent in the last two fiscal years, according to Homeland Security. None of the children set to appear on Tuesday had an attorney, a swelling reality that inspired Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell on Monday to appeal to attorneys to step up to provide free services.


In general, 46 percent of juveniles don’t show up for their immigration court hearings, according to Capitol Hill testimony recently from Juan Osuna, who directs the Justice Department’s immigration courts. The Executive Office of Immigration Review faces a backlog of 375,000 cases and was ordered a few weeks ago to make unaccompanied juveniles the top priority.

The high number of no-shows Tuesday raised questions about whether the children had enough time to prepare for the hearings or whether they and their families made calculated risks not to appear in court.

Nine out of 10 unaccompanied juveniles who do not have attorneys will be deported, according to a new study by the Syracuse, N.Y.-based research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.


The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association has recently signed up 160 attorneys to represent the children and has begun training sessions for them.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Nooooooooo. They didn’t show up. I am shocked….

    • Oil Can Harry

      I’m just as shocked as you are.

      I’m absolutely stunned that two of the 20 DREAMers actually showed up and ONLY 18 skipped out.


      I’m sure they were just busy performing the work that lazy Americans refuse to do.

  • Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government.

    Oh they got proper notice. It’s just that there’s no punishment for them if they don’t show up. Especially if they’ve planted themselves in a sanctuary city.

  • Dale McNamee

    Move the hearings into the “welcome centers” on the border…

  • Luca

    “In general, 46 percent of juveniles don’t show up for their immigration court hearings, according to Capitol Hill testimony recently from Juan Osuna..”

    I wonder if he was capable of saying that with a straight face. I’m guessing 86% is more of a realistic figure.

    But when you have the fox guarding the hen house do you really think you’re going to get an accurate headcount?

    • propagandaoftruth

      Sounds like operation “Get Whitey” is in full swing over at the Black House.

      Two high yella long legged mac dadies shuckin an’ jiving a victory jig. Eric and Barry.

  • TruthBeTold

    Democrats are pleading not to send these kids back to be victimized by sex traffickers yet they don’t seem concerned about their welfare when they’re in the care of the US government.

    Yet another made-up appeal to tug at the heartstrings of gullible people.

  • dd121

    Of course, now that they’re here they’ll just fade into the country. You don’t think Obama and Co. will pick them up?

  • When I had my run in with the law and was called down to the courthouse repeatedly (it’s one way they hassle you), the Judge would call out the names of defendants. Most names were Mexican. Half of them didn’t show up. The punishment was bail forfeiture and an arrest warrant.

    Mexicans are not responsible. They routinely drive drunk, reckless, molest children, etc., and pay no attention to the consequences.

    In this case, there will be no consequences and the “dreamers” know it. Since I got rousted out of bed about 5 am by the cops who came to my house to arrest me for a code violation that normally nets a summons in the mail to apear in court, screw it. Let the cops show up and roust the little dreamers too. Sweet dreams, little ones.

  • willbest

    I for one am shocked … SHOCKED… that people that showed no respect for the law in coming here illegally would continue to do so after they were caught and let go.

  • Sloppo

    This reminds me of a movie (The Apple Dumpling Gang) in which Tim Conway and Don Knotts played the parts of bumbling idiots who got in trouble with the law back in the “old west”. They went to court and was sentenced to death by hanging. The judge told them: “Be down at the old oak tree near Boot Hill at twelve o’clock sharp for your hanging. And bring your own rope.” Then he sent Tim and Don’s characters away.

    • Wholly Unconvinced

      The thing of it is, there may have been a time in our past where we had the honor to have shown up 15 minutes early with our best suit on, a rope pre-knotted to save them the trouble, and ready to roll. (Assuming the conviction was just) Or maybe we’ve never been quite that proud, but I’d certainly like to think we were once.

  • kjh64

    “The “children” may have not received proper notice”?

    No, the “children” didn’t bother to show up. They break our immigration laws, why on earth does anyone think they would obey other laws while here?


    “a swelling reality that inspired Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell on Monday to appeal to attorneys to step up to provide free services” <- "STEP UP and provide FREE services" Says the Bishop of a church that receives at least $600-Billion Dollars a year from some of it's most impoverished Dupes/,, ? no,, no not Dupes,, uh, Dummies/,, ? ugh,, no, you know what, I'll just go with believers on this one. Yup, that's right, at least $600-Billion Dollars a year from it's poverty stricken believers. Hypocrisy comes in all sizes, shapes, forms and styles, it just so happens that today's hypocrisy comes dressed in black and wearing a White collar stretched around his second double chin. Here's what the hypocrite in faith Bishop Kevin Farrell looks like!

  • Wholly Unconvinced

    “The high number of no-shows Tuesday raised questions about whether the children had enough time to prepare for the hearings…” what? … those poor dears! They may not have had enough time to prepare! Disregarding the fact that this is referencing “the past two fiscal years” so we can pretty safely assume that these illegals had around two years to “prepare”. I’m curious why they need to “prepare” at all. As Dale said below, we should establish the immigration courts at holding areas along the border, if these parasites have some sort of valid reason to sneak across our border, and illegally enter our country, their case should be presented the day after they are caught, and, when it is found to be either nonextant or merely ridiculous, they can be kicked right back across the border.

    One of the problems that people don’t want to acknowledge is that there is NO penalty to trying again, and again, ad nauseum, to break into our country. And given the allure of the free goodies here drawing them like flies to honey, the penalty needs to be SEVERE. As in, we’ll give you two free warning shots to turn around before the third one goes between the eyes severe. As in “here’s a nice barcode tattoo on your forehead, where you can’t hide it, signifying you’very been caught twice here illegally, and if you make it across again, you’ll be summarily executed when caught the third time”. As in actually building an effective border wall high enough, and secure enough, to stop any unassisted children from getting across it, and rewarding any adults who try to bring children over or under it with summary execution for endangering the life of a child (then sending said child back to their country of origin)

    I think a lot of folks here, and conservatives in general aren’t willing to see or accept these simple facts. They don’t want the illegals here, but they can’t fathom or stomach the brutality which would be absolutely required to keep them out. These invaders do not care about being locked up, they do not care about harsh words or sanctions, they don’t Care how many times they are turned back, because their countries are sh*tholes, and ours, in comparison, is heaven, even without all the freebies in the form of welfare. There will ALWAYS be unscrupulous, traitorous filth will g to employ them under the table, and churches willing to relocate them for millions of dollars.

    The only way to keep them out is to keep them from wanting to try. To make it absolutely not worth the effort and risk. Do so, and the flow of filth will become a trickle, and that trickle will be much easier to clean up. I have no idea if this post is going to survive long, I’m not suggesting we band up and go mestizo slaughtering, but I’m so fed up with all this utter bs… they are a brutal, backward, barely civilized people, and they will not magically conform to civilized laws. That’s the simplest, basest way to put it.

    The poor things may not have had enough time… pathetic.

    • Wholly Unconvinced

      To further make the point, anyone who has spent any time in the non backwards Asian countries such as Korea or Japan has probably noticed that they essentially don’t need walls, or guards, or security in the sense we have even here in America, because they hold conformity and authority in high regard. If a beach, or a pathway, or whatever is closed for some reason, they don’t wall it off, or post guards, or seal it away, they post a sign that says “don’t go here” and that’s it… that’s all they need. The people’s there see the sign, and then they just “don’t go there”

      This will never work with mestizos, (or blacks) the rule of law means NOTHING to them. It holds no weight, it has no substance. Again, putting a sign that says “US border, do not enter” is worse than useless. Even putting up the border wall would be, in essence, useless by itself. Putting up a border wall, and ENFORCING the purpose of that wall with real consequences, is the only thing that will work. That, or simply waiting till our countries decline into filth and poverty is complete, then they’ll have no reason to come.

  • LHathaway

    There was just another article on AmRen stating the no-shows were above 90%?

    • Paleoconn

      AmRen just reposts articles from other sources. however, I tend to believe the 90% figure more than the less than 50% one.

      That said, the ones that do show up should be deported because they’re too stupid to realize not to show up.

  • Who Me?

    46 percent of juveniles don’t show up for their immigration court hearings

    Well, (Gomer Pyle voice) Surprise, surprise, surprise! Who’da thunk it?

  • kikz2

    imagine my utter lack of shock…………………………………………………

  • mobilebay

    Don’t be too hard on the kids, people. I’m sure the August 11 date will be more convenient. After all, they were busy getting ready for school – new clothes, school supplies, a visit to the welfare offices…and studying for their citizenship test. Oh, wait, they don’t need to study. They’ll just get a form and sign their X and bingo! Eighteen new citizens.