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UC immigrant legal services get a boost from billionaire Tom Steyer's donation

Los Angeles Times

Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer, best known for his environmental activism, is stepping up support of immigrant rights with a $2.3-million donation to the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center and seven other organizations.


The Latest: Los Angeles plans $10M for immigrant legal aid

U.S. News

In this Dec. 16, 2016 photo, Esperanza Villalobos, a "community navigator," works at her office at The Resurrection Project in Chicago. Villalobos helps immigrants who might need legal services to avoid deportation or learn about their legal rights. The organization she works for plans to hire more individuals like her after the city approved $1.3 million for a legal services fund for immigrants. Chicago is among several entities nationwide working to beef up legal services for immigrants.


Campaign Raising Money for Free Legal Immigrant Services

U.S. News

Holzberg, a partner at Pullman & Comley LLC, expects the campaign will last roughly four to eight weeks. A website has been created to collect contributions. He said bar associations are also sending a solicitation letter to their members and various law firms. Some associations are holding fundraising events in the fall. There have already been "significant" pledges of money, he said.


Immigration News: Mexico Creates Legal Aid Centers Across The US To Help Immigrants Through Trump's Executive Orders

International Business Times

The Mexican government opened legal aid centers at each of its 50 consulates across the U.S. Saturday to consult Mexican immigrants who may be affected by President Donald Trump's hard-lined policies targeting undocumented people living in the country. The "defense centers" were "specifically designed to provide consular assistance as well as legal representation to all Mexican migrants who require support in America," Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said in a statement. The centers will help the roughly 5.8 million undocumented Mexicans living in the U.S. gain dual citizenship, Videgaray said. Videgaray also said that Mexico allocated $54 million to the "defense centers," and hired 320 temporary workers to provide free legal assistance to Mexican citizens who might feel as if their human rights were being threatened in the U.S., CNN reported Sunday. The initiative was spearheaded by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who guaranteed Mexicans living immigrants in the U.S. that they would have access to legal guidance amid Trump's harsher deportation standards among undocumented people.


[Editors' Choice] Want lower crime? Legalize immigrants

Science

Immigrants granted legal status in Italy committed less crime compared with those who were not granted legal status. Applications for legal status are submitted online at particular times each year ("click days") and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Pinotti accessed data on the timing of over 110,000 applications on click days in 2007 and compared applicants who submitted before versus after the quota was reached (usually within 30 to 60 min). In the year after the click days, the crime rate declined from 1.1 to 0.8% for immigrants who applied before the cutoff but remained at 1.1% for those who missed the cutoff. The effect is dominated by those having few economic opportunities before legalization.