San Diego County will provide immigrants with lawyers – About Your Online Magazine

SAN DIEGO (AP) – San Diego County has approved a plan to provide lawyers for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The Board of Supervisors approved a $ 5 million, one-year pilot program on Tuesday. It would provide lawyers free of charge to detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, the local federal detention center for immigrants. San Diego will be the first county on the U.S. southern border to provide such legal representation. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, who proposed the measure, says it will help people navigate the complexities of the legal system, reduce the national backlog of immigration cases and reduce the public cost of detention.

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