California Gives $3 Million to Groups Providing Free Legal Aid to Illegal Aliens

By Katherine Rodriguez | September 29, 2014 | 12:36pm EDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown is channeling the "progressive spirit" of California in his latest act as governor.

Turns out he just signed a bill that would give $3 million in grants to non-profits that would offer unaccompanied alien minors legal counsel- which is $1 million more than what the federal government planned to give in grants nationwide.

Gov. Brown's office released a statement Friday on the matter:

“Helping these young people navigate our legal system is the decent thing to do and it’s consistent with the progressive spirit of California,” said Governor Brown when the legislation was introduced last month with the support of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus.

The Department of Justice and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)- the organization that runs Americorps- announced a partnership back in June that would recruit the services of over 100 lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services to unaccompanied alien minors.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder before he resigned and President Obama decided back in June to give $2 million to these lawyers who entered the program, according to The New York Times:

The Obama administration said Friday that it was starting a program to provide lawyers for children facing deportation as it scrambles to deal with the soaring number of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Under the plan, the federal government will issue $2 million in grants to enroll about 100 lawyers and paralegals to represent immigrant children making their way through the immigration court system.

California may be one of the few states to set aside this much money to unaccompanied alien minors, but among state and local entities, New York City started the trend of spending the big bucks on legal fees for illegal aliens.

New York City Council set aside a whopping $4.9 million in city money to give legal assistance to illegal aliens back in June, according to the Christian Science Monitor:

On Wednesday, the New York City Council earmarked $4.9 million of the city budget to give legal assistance to foreign-born New York residents facing deportation. This makes New York the first city in the US to provide lawyers for low-income immigrants detained by federal authorities. The city will provide such aid both for undocumented immigrants and for those with legal residency.


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