Sacramento City Council will vote on Proposed Funding for Legal Defense for Undocumented Immigrants
The Sacramento City Council will vote today on a proposal to invest in a legal defense and education network for undocumented immigrants. The city is looking to set aside up to $300,000 to increase efforts to help undocumented immigrants. This move, if approved by the City Council, will further cement Sacramento as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. Mayor Darrell Steinberg stated:
It is a modest investment, but it is a very important investment. It says very clearly to our community, especially those who are affected by these unconstitutional orders, that ‘we are going to stand with you.’ We have to back up our values with real action to help people who feel at risk and who may be actually at risk.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 10% of the city’s residents are undocumented immigrants. The funds would help the city’s Sacramento Family Unity, Educations and Legal Network for Immigrants (FUEL) program, which is a collection of nonprofits, local immigration attorneys, and law schools that specialize in immigration law. An estimated 750 families will be helped each year with things such as information sessions. If the proposal is approved, Sacramento will join other California Cities in defying the Trump administration’s crack down on undocumented immigrants.
We will have to wait and see what the City Council decides later today.
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