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This Organization Is Offering Undocumented Immigrants Facing Deportation Free Legal Help

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Undocumented immigrants facing deportation in some cities will soon have free legal representation through the Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Cities Network.

Credit: Mikael Owunna / U.S. Customs and Border Protection / Flickr

The program, according to a press release, includes 11 cities offering publicly-funded legal assistance.

SAFE aims to defend immigrants in the U.S. as they navigate the judicial system. Jurisdictions or cities applied to be part of the network through a proposal process. Those chosen were able to demonstrate “their commitment to deportation defense by investing public dollars,” as stated in the press release.

“Immigration is part of our nation’s past, present, and future, and our communities will find more opportunities to grow and thrive when we recognize and embrace this fact,” says Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice. “That means that all residents must see their justice systems—from our law enforcement to our courts—as delivering on our country’s promise of fairness.”

Turner believes “common sense immigration policies” like the SAFE Cities Network ensure “that all people, regardless of background, income, and history, are guaranteed a fair day in court.”

Using public funding to aid immigrants facing deportation helps build trust, increases public safety and keeps families together, says Turner.

The Vera Institute of Justices, the organization that launched SAFE, created the network after studying the impact of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). NYIFUP started in 2014 and has represented immigrants facing deportation who otherwise didn’t have access to legal resources.

According to the study, Vera found that immigrants that had adequate representation in court had a higher chance of winning their case before an immigration judge. Forty-eight percent of immigrants who had proper representation in court were successful in their cases – an increase of 1,100 percent. It’s a stark contrast to the four percent success rate typical in similar cases.

The SAFE Cities Network includes:

Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dane County in Wisconsin, Oakland/Alameda County in California, Prince George’s County in Maryland, Sacramento, CA, San Antonio, TX and Santa Ana, CA.


READ: Immigration Lawyer Says Daughter Who Recorded Dad Being Detained By ICE Saved Him

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Watch Highlights From The Concert That Just Brought Together Los Tigres Del Norte, Chicano Batman, And Ivy Queen In A Legendary Way

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Watch Highlights From The Concert That Just Brought Together Los Tigres Del Norte, Chicano Batman, And Ivy Queen In A Legendary Way

This past weekend in Long Beach, Calif., there was a concert event called Tropicalia that brought together a range of bands and acts that included everybody from Los Tigres del Norte, Kali Uchis, Cafe Tacuba, Chicano Batman, Celso Pina, Cuco, and many more.

Personally, I missed the event but was able to enjoy the incredible performances via my friends’ Instagram accounts from the comfort of my bed at home. Because we know I wasn’t the only one who missed out on this show, we decided to create a brief round up of our favorite moments from the event.

Also, did you know they were passing out free tacos before 4 p.m. on the day of the event? Wow.

Check out some of the highlights from this legendary concert below.

Legendary Cafe Tacvba reminded us why they’ll never go out of style.

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#cafetacvba #eres #tropicalia

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Seriously, one of the best bands of all time.

Ivy Queen gave her fans chills.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbcVNspji5Q/?tagged=tropicalia

Ivy was there to represent for women everywhere.

Chicano Batman continued to ride the wave they’ve been riding.

Have you heard their new album? FIRE.

Did I mention THE DELFONICS also performed?

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THE #DELFONICS @tropicalia #TROPICALIA

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Wow, bringing me all the way back.

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE, Y’ALL.

“La Puerte Negra” is my fave, but this song is also definitely up there.

Kali Uchis brought the crowd to all their feels.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbbMDAPldqO/?tagged=tropicalia

Cuco, the hometown hero, definitely did his thing.

There were countless others, but these were our personal favorites. Can the concert organizers please bring this back next year?

READ: With One Major Benefit Concert, J.Lo And Marc Anthony Raised Millions For Disaster Relief

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