About 2,180 kids’ asylum bids were pending at the end of June — but that doesn't reflect a surge of more than 66,000 recent border apprehensions.
Only 108 minors were approved by the U.S. Asylum Office during the first nine months of fiscal year 2014.
Minors have no right to appointed counsel in immigration or asylum proceedings, so a nationwide network of pro-bono attorneys has stepped in to help kids seeking asylum.
Only one out of 10 kids without counsel was granted legal status, according to a review of 10 years of immigration court records.
The Obama administration has recently slated $10.8 million in grants for groups to provide counsel for these migrant minors.
Asylum applicants must show harm is linked to religion, race, political opinion or a “social group” that’s being targeted, but legal opinion is divided over whether youths resisting gangs are a “social group.”