Lawmaker proposes state legal help for noncitizens, as Trump adminstration draws near

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By Kate Morrissey

State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, introduced a bill Monday in the state legislature that would fund legal representation for noncitizens facing deportation.

Because immigration proceedings are considered a civil matter, those facing deportation do not have a right to a lawyer in the way that those facing criminal charges do. Hueso’s bill, called the Due Process For All Act, would broaden state funding for immigration legal counsel.

Previous legislation created funding for legal services for unaccompanied minors from Central America and low-income residents eligible for naturalization or other immigration relief, like the deferred action for childhood arrivals or DACA program created by President Barack Obama.

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