The People's Budget Proposal
No matter where we were born, we all call Long Beach home and want to live in a safe, welcoming, and vibrant community. The targeted deportations and the separation of immigrants from their families have mercilessly continued to spread fear and perpetuate harmful family trauma.
Currently, there are 1,491 pending deportation cases in the Long Beach area according to the TRAC Immigration database. In the last 90 days alone, 92 deportation cases have opened up with only 17 of the individuals having legal representation. Research shows that people are three times more likely to stay when they have legal representation, especially within the first 24 hours of them being detained.
The guarantees of due process and representation are central to our constitutional rights – but there is no guarantee to legal representation in immigration court. The City of Long Beach’s proposed universal legal defense fund moves us closer to the vision that all people, no matter their background, should have a fair day in court.
Legal representation helps protect the rights of all our residents, keeps more families together, and maintains a safe and strong community. Universal representation delivers justice for immigrants in complex proceedings that pit them against experienced government attorneys and tear communities apart every day. The fairest and most efficient way to bring order to these complex proceedings is to ensure legal representation for those whose future may well depend on it regardless of their background.
The People's Budget Solution
We ask for the adopted city budget to include the city council’s allocation of $250,000 from the general fund to establish a universal legal defense fund for immigrant residents facing deportation.
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