A federal court found he was 17, but after a dental exam an asylum seeker is held in California with adults who do not speak his language

First he fled Afghanistan after his father and brother were murdered by the Taliban. Then he flew to Ecuador on what his lawyers described as a forged passport, and eventually he crossed the southern border into the United States, immediately surrendering to authorities. Now Hamid, who a federal court had determined to be a child, is detained in California with hundreds of adult migrants, terrified and alone, and unable to converse with anyone inside the center as he speaks only Pashto.

His lawyers accuse Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) of holding Hamid (not his real name) unlawfully as a dispute over his age leaves him in limbo.

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