Amsterdam Calls for Children's Pardon

Amsterdam city council wants child asylum seekers who have been living in the Netherlands for more than five years to be able to stay in the country, arguing it is now their home. The council called on Mayor Femke Halsema to ask State Secretary of Justice and Security, Mark Harbers, to implement a children's pardon. What prompted this call is the case of Armenian children Howick and Lili, who are 13 and 12 years old respectively. After living in the Netherlands for 10 years, the pair were set to be deported to Armenia on Saturday, but Harbers granted them a last minute reprieve.