It doesn’t take a fortune-teller to predict that our president-elect, Donald Trump, is going to attempt to make good on his promise to crack down on the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. That crackdown is expected to hit the city of Los Angeles hard since about 1 million of the approximately 11 million immigrants without legal status live in L.A.
On Monday, Los Angeles officials announced the creation of the L.A. Justice Fund, a $10 million legal fund designed to help immigrants who can’t afford legal representation or who might not know they need it.
Half of the money for the fund will come from public funds and the other half will come from private foundations. The goal is to get the fund set up and running before Trump is sworn in.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer told the Los Angeles Times that the fund would help provide “more fairness and more effectiveness in the immigration system” because statistics show that immigrants with legal representation fare better in court.
Los Angeles isn’t the only city getting ready to help immigrants legally defend themselves against Trump’s deportation crusade. San Francisco is mulling over several different options to fund legal services for the undocumented; New York already has a program in place that they plan to build on and Chicago created a $1.3 million legal fund with the help of the National Immigrant Justice Center.
Find out more about the L.A. Justice Fund here.
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