Lawmakers blast disparity in kid asylum results

California Democratic lawmaker Judy Chu called for the House Judiciary Committee to examine the reasons for the differences and the ability of youngsters to get lawyers in different places.

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Lawmakers say there should not be such a glaring disparity in the approval rates for unaccompanied immigrant children's asylum cases in different government offices across the U.S.

California Democratic lawmaker Judy Chu on Wednesday called for the House Judiciary Committee to examine the reasons for the differences and the ability of youngsters to get lawyers in different places.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, says justice should be served evenly across the country lest the United States deport its future leaders or send them to face death back home.

Both lawmakers serve on the House Judiciary Committee along with Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who says he is concerned immigrants could find ways to exploit these disparities.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the U.S. government's asylum offices in California have been more likely to approve unaccompanied children's cases than those in Chicago or Houston.

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