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Immigration Judge Claims That Toddlers Are Capable of Representing Themselves In Court

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Judge Jack H. Weil is a federal immigration judge who trains other judges across the country on immigration laws and procedures. Recently, this man, who went through lots of schooling and who has enough years of experience that he’s teaching others how to do their jobs, said that children as young as 3- and 4-years old are capable of understanding immigration law enough to the point where they can represent themselves in court.

Judge Weil straight up claimed that little humans like the one pictured below can lawyer for themselves.

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He made those comments back in October at a deposition speaking on behalf of the State Department. His testimony was part of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-immigrant rights groups demanding that the federal government provide adequate representation to minors.

He claimed three times that he has taught immigration law to children like this one:

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“It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience. They get it. It’s not the most efficient, but it can be done,” Weil said in the deposition.

Naturally, child psychology experts are calling B.S.


“I nearly fell off my chair when I read that deposition,” Laurence Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple University who is a witness for the plaintiffs in the Seattle case. “Three- and 4-year-olds do not yet have logical reasoning abilities,” Laurence Steinberg psychologist and expert for the ACLU, told the Washington Post. “It’s preposterous, frankly, to think they could be taught enough about immigration law to be able to represent themselves in court.”

The absurdity of this claim isn’t stopping the Justice Department from fighting a lawsuit demanding that they provide lawyers to kids.

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We’re talking about children who went through hell to reach the United States because it was preferable than the hell they left behind. And how does our country, which was supposed to be founded on Christian values, respond? By saying “Tough shit, kid. You’re on your own.”

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Latinos Love Arroz y Frijoles, But Not Every Dish Is The Same

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Latinos Love Arroz y Frijoles, But Not Every Dish Is The Same

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Arroz y frijoles are a staple of Latin American food. Some people CANNOT eat a meal without them. But different countries have different types of rice and beans, with different styles of cooking influenced by Spain, Africa, and the native cultures of the Americas. While they all look similar, each one will take your taste buds to completely different zones. Read on to see if your favorite plato is below!

Arroz with Frijoles de la Olla

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If you’re Mexican, you’re used to eating pinto beans and red rice with most of the dishes you eat. Beans can be flavored with garlic, cilantro and lemon, onion and with red peppers or green peppers. Mexico has 100 different varieties of peppers, so you’ll never run out of ways to flavor the beans!

Moros y Cristianos

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Cubans prefer this variation of rice and beans called moros y cristianos. In this dish, the rice and beans are cooked together. The rice is white and the moros are the black beans and usually cooked with pork. Perfection. Just perfection!

Arroz con Habichuelas


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Arroz con habichuelas is Puerto Rico’s take on rice and beans, and traditionally uses a smaller form of the red bean, a pinto bean, and white rice garnished with cilantro and garlic, onion and cilantrillo, which is a variation of the cilantro herb. Mmmmmm.


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In El Salvador and Honduras, the main rice and beans dish is called casamiento – yes, that means “marriage.” It features black beans and rice in matrimony with any of the above deliciousness added to it.

Arroz con Coco

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A white rice cooked in coconut oil or coconut milk with sugar and a red kidney bean or pinto bean is what’s for dinner in Panama. Colombians do it up by adding raisins! With 7 or 8 ways of preparing the beans, you will never tire of the dish.

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Bandeja Paisa

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Arroz con frijoles is frequently treated as a side dish rather than a main plate. But in Colombia they serve up bandeja paisa, which can consist of red beans cooked with white rice, pork, ground meat, plantains, fried egg, chicharrón, chorizo, hogoa sauce, arepa, avocado and lemon and black pudding. So much goodness in one dish.


Arroz con Pollo

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Also popular in Colombian cuisine is arroz con pollo, which is yellow rice, shredded chicken, and vegetables like carrots and peas. It makes for an excellent hangover cure too!

Moro de Habichuelas

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The Dominican version of rice and beans is called moro de habichuelas and is a mixture of rice, bean and vegetables. Red kidney beans can be swapped out in favor of white beans, fava beans, black beans, butter beans or green pigeon peas in place of the red kidney beans.

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Gallo Pinto

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Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans traditionally eat gallo pinto. Lile moros y cristianos, the rice and beans in gallo pinto are cooked together, which gives it that nice light brown color.

Arroz y Porotos

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In Argentina and Chile, the word for beans is porotos and the dishes they serve typically feature kidney beans. Leave it to them to change it all up.

**Drooling on my laptop as I type this**

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