Los Angeles elected officials and community leaders are in the process of setting up a $10 million “Justice” fund to provide legal services to immigrants facing deportations.
The “LA Justice Fund” is a joint effort by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, where the city and county will put forward at least $5 million.
The California Endowment, the state’s largest private healthcare foundation, plans to give the fund $2 million, and the remaining funds will be gathered from “philanthropic groups,” according to the Los Angeles Times
The legal fund is being set up to help shield illegal immigrants who are unable to afford attorneys to represent them.
Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer said the fund will ensure that there is “more fairness and more effectiveness in the immigration system.”
Robin Hvidston, executive director of We The People Rising, an organization against illegal immigration, said L.A. officials “should be focused on assisting the citizens, not taking tax dollars to pay for services to assist illegal residents countywide.”
Hvidston went on to say the money being raised should instead be spent on unemployed citizens, veterans, the disabled and the elderly.
Chicago’s City Council has also approved a similar $1.3 million fund that will help immigrants facing deportation obtain legal services, according to the Chicago Herald.
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