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October 03, 2014

Government to Offer $9-Million in Legal Aid for Migrant Kids

The Obama administration will $9-million over two years to fund legal services for some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have streamed across the border illegally, The Washington Post writes. Funds in the first year will go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to arrange representation in nine cities housing large numbers of minors awaiting immigration proceedings.

The federal funds will provide representation for 2,600 children. The government's move comes a few days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $3-million legal-aid package for undocumented kids. The cities of San Francisco and New York have also committed to securing lawyers for children facing deportation.