L.A. City, County Officials Expand Legal Aid for Migrant Children

Protestors rally in Los Angeles at the Families Belong Together march against the separation of immigrant children from their families on June 14, 2018. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

Protestors rally in Los Angeles at the Families Belong Together march against the separation of immigrant children from their families on June 14, 2018. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

The Los Angeles City Council and county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to allow a legal aid fund for immigrants to be used for the defense of migrant children separated from their parents under President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border policy.

The L.A. Justice Fund, approved in 2017, is a pool of city, county and philanthropic dollars that pays for legal assistance for immigrants facing detention and deportation.

As of November, it had awarded $7.45 million to 17 nonprofit organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Immigrant Defenders Law Center and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

Before Tuesday, the fund was restricted to residents of the city of Los Angeles or county, making it difficult to aid migrant children recently separated from their families at the border.

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