Fresno has its first-ever legal aid fund for undocumented immigrants, but unlike other cities across the country, the fund was established without the help of the city council.
The Faith in Fresno organization announced the creation of the Fresno Legal Defense Fund on Friday. The fund will provide legal representation to immigrants who are threatened by deportation but can’t afford an attorney.
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Numerous cities have dedicated public money to similar efforts in the face of increased immigration enforcement under the Trump administration, including Los Angeles and Chicago. But the Fresno City Council voted down a proposal in June to contribute public money to such a legal defense fund.
“Even so, our community did not leave that day feeling defeated. We felt empowered,”
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