Abused Children Granted Asylum

Three Honduran children were granted asylum last week, in a rare verdict for an immigration case.

A federal immigration judge has granted asylum to three Brentwood children who said they had been abused in their home country of Honduras. The unusual decision, announced by the family Friday and immediately condemned by anti-immigration groups, could set a precedent for other immigrants who claim abuse, legal scholars said.

“We are happier than words can express,” said the children’s father, Margarito Mejia, a contractor. “What a great country this is.”

Shouldn’t we work to protect children? How can anti-immigrant groups condemn this ruling? These children were vulnerable, exploited and living in desperate conditions in Honduras. They should have a right to join their father, here legally, rather than continuing to barely survive after being abandoned by their mother in Honduras.

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