Wednesday, December 28, 2016

L.A. vs. Trump: City unveils $10 million legal defense fund for immigrants


At CSMONITOR by Ben Rosen  --

Los Angeles is creating a $10 million fund to provide legal aid to residents who face deportation under a Trump administration.

The announcement of the legal fund, one of a number created by Democratic strongholds in recent days, pits cities like Los Angeles and Chicago against President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to build a wall and deport undocumented immigrants.

Advocates of the funds say they will provide the “right to counsel” to undocumented immigrants who often lack the legal representation that has been shown to improve their chances of succeeding in court.

“We don’t know how far the new administration will go when it comes to our nation’s immigration policy, but we’ve all heard the rhetoric, the dangerous rhetoric of the election,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “And we are ready to support people who can’t afford or who don’t realize they might need a lawyer.”

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