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LA Launches $10M Defense Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation Under Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 10:03 AM

Los Angeles is setting up a $10 million legal defense fund to help immigrants threatened with deportation, The Hill reports.

The money would help pay for legal advice for L.A. residents facing deportation under President-elect Donald Trump, according to the website. Trump had promised to step up efforts against illegal immigration.

"People who have built their lives in America have rights, and they deserve all the protections that our legal system provides," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

"The L.A. Justice Fund will reach out to people who are American by every measure except the papers they hold – our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. They are part of our community, and we will fight for them."

The fund is expected to be available in early 2017. The Los Angeles city government, along with a private foundation, is expected to provide the money to back it.

The Hill notes that Los Angeles is one of a number of cities, including New York and Chicago, which are launching similar funds.

The Los Angeles Times, which notes the fund still has to be approved by lawmakers, "represents another provocative pushback against the Trump agenda in heavily Democratic California…"

The newspaper says anti-illegal immigration activists have criticized the move, saying it interferes with the federal government's immigration plans.

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