Barger Opposes $3 Million Legal Defense for Illegal Immigrants Facing Deportation

Published : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 3:12 PM

On a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Kathryn Barger opposing, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $3 million agreement with the California Community Foundation to provide legal defense for illegal immigrants facing deportation.

“Our federal immigration system is broken. It is the federal government’s responsibility to support states and counties in their efforts to address the costs of illegal immigration,” she said. “Consistent with my position on this issue on December 20, 2016, county taxpayers should not be forced to bear the cost to provide free legal representation for those facing deportation.”

On December 20, 2016 the motion to create the Los Angeles Justice Fund passed on a 4-1 vote. This motion directed the County CEO to identify and set aside $1 million in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 and up to $2 million in Fiscal Year 2017-18 with the purpose of providing legal representation to illegal immigrants at risk of deportation. This funding would be in addition to a $2 million contribution from the City of Los Angeles, and a $5 million contribution from the philanthropic community. The totality of these contributions would bring the Los Angeles Justice fund to a total of $10 million.

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