Concerned about unaccompanied children from Central America who have surged into the U.S. illegally this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved legislation providing $3 million in legal aid for them.
More than 60,000 unaccompanied children from poverty-stricken and violence-torn areas of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been detained so far this year by U.S. Border Patrol agents, and California officials worry they will be deported to unsafe places without getting legal due process.
"With the stroke of a pen, Governor Brown reaffirmed California's commitment to doing its part to address the unprecedented humanitarian crisis at border involving Central American youth," said Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) in a statement Saturday. "Deportation for some of these kids is tantamount to a virtual death sentence so it's important that they have access to the adequate legal representation."
Many of the children came to the U.S. to find adult relatives based on false rumors that once they get here the U.S. government would let them stay.
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