Nearly one year after Los Angeles leaders promised to get $10 million dollars to help defend local immigrants ensnared in the deportation machinery of the Trump administration, most of the cash is here.
Organizers of the L.A. Justice Fund, a public-private alliance, this week announced that $7.4 million of the cash has been awarded to nonprofit legal service organizations “to bolster and expand access to legal representation for individuals facing immigration detention and deportation,” according to a statement. The funding was distributed under two-year grants.
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The L.A. Justice Fund was announced with great fanfare in December, with leaders like Mayor Eric Garcetti touting it as essential to the well-being of the estimated 1 in 10 undocumented Los Angeles County residents — “our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”
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