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August 22, 2014

Calif. Governor Seeks $3-Million for Migrant Kids' Legal Aid

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3-million in legal help for unaccompanied minors flowing into the country from Central America, reports the Los Angeles Times. If approved, the legislation would steer state funds to nonprofit groups to represent children facing deportation.

Pro bono lawyers who specialize in immigration say they have been overwhelmed by demand amid the surge in migrant arrivals. Mr. Brown described the proposal, which drew quick support from immigrant advocates, as "the decent thing to do and it's consistent with the progressive spirit of California."