Sep 30, 2014 4:44 PM

Government funds lawyers for immigrant kids

The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, said Tuesday it is the first time the office that oversees programs for unaccompanied immigrant children will provide money for direct legal representation.

The grants to two organizations are part of a bigger $9 million project that aims to provide lawyers to 2,600 children.

The move comes after the number of Central American children arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border surged this past year, many of them fleeing violence.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte says the move encourages illegal immigration.


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