The attorney for Asher Brown, the 9-year-old the Homeland Security Investigation Agency accused of lying about his father’s arrest, said Wednesday that Jan. 6 committee proceedings showing those charges against him to be unfounded “would be manifestly unjust.”
“What members did today is … egregious, and undemocratic,” said Jacqueline Shapiro. “Whether you agree with the government or not, the government has a right to due process.”
Brown’s parents, an immigrant from Nigeria and an employee of an Uber driver, are in the process of being deported and fled to Texas before the DHS investigation. Last week, a federal judge postponed further proceedings in the case.
Brown, a budding “Justice League” on Twitter, has made his presence known across the social media landscape since his parents’ departure, and this is the first time anyone has offered a public view of Brown’s taking up the matter in person in front of Congress.
The hearing before the Homeland Security Committee was scheduled a day before the public would have known if Brown and his mother had been deported.
A White House official said the President had been “unaware” of the progress in the case, prompting the CHP to say it was not Trump’s administration who had told DHS about the family’s transfer to ICE custody.
The Department of Homeland Security referred questions about the hearing to the White House.