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Los Angeles launches legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

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Los Angeles will launch a $10 million legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation, officials announced on Monday.

The fund will cover legal counsel for residents who may face deportation under President-elect Donald Trump, who has promised to crack down on illegal immigration.

“People who have built their lives in America have rights, and they deserve all the protections that our legal system provides,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) in a statement.

{mosads}Los Angeles joins a growing list of cities introducing similar funds, including New York City and Chicago. The new $10 million fund — called the L.A. Justice Fund — will go into effect in early 2017. It will be funded by the city government and a private foundation. 

Thirty-seven percent of immigrants who are facing deportation have attorneys, according to a report from the American Immigration Council cited by BuzzFeed News.

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