California will allocate $3-million to provide legal assistance for unaccompanied children from Central America who have entered the United States illegally, the Los Angeles Times reports. On Saturday Gov. Jerry Brown signed the aid measure proposed by his administration last month.
The bill allocates money to nonprofit groups to secure representation for the immigrant minors, who so far number about 4,000 in California. State officials said it would address concerns that children detained in the United States after fleeing poverty and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras would be deported back to their dangerous homelands without getting due process.