Alameda County is going to spend as much as $750,000 to defend illegal immigrants facing the specter of deportation.
More than 2.3 million Illegal immigrants who are living in California, six percent of the state’s population, may not have to worry about paying a dime of legal expenses by the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Because of fears of the Trump administration’s plans to deport criminals among the undocumented, several cities and counties in California have set up legal defense funds to pay the bills of illegal immigrants if they are arrested.
Similar legislation to set up a statewide defense fund is moving through the California Legislature with little opposition.
The Voice of OC reported the Santa Ana City Council instructed city staff to work with the ACLU and the UC Irvine School of Law to set up a program to pay the legal bills of illegal immigrants living in the city.
Councilman Vicente Sarmiento sponsored the proposal after immigrant activists told him they were worried about mass deportations.