Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NYC Program to Give Legal Help to Young Migrants

Murrieta, California received much negative publicity for protesting the detention of unaccompanied minors in the small Southern California town.  The state of California and other governments are stepping up to help.  Nikita Stewart of the New York Times reports that the New York City Council and two foundations are combining forces to provide legal representation and other services to some 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children facing possible deportation. Advocates for immigrants fear that the children, often fleeing abuse or gang violence, will otherwise be denied due process. 

The Council is to earmark $1 million; the Robin Hood Foundation is committing $550,000, and the New York Community Trust, $360,000.



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