Urgent Call to Action! Urge Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Fund Deportation Defense for All Not Just for Some!
Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)
Today, the Board of Supervisors is introducing a motion reducing the number of Los Angeles county immigrant community members that can get access to free legal representation if placed in deportation proceedings!
This motion is problematic for three main reasons:
This motion disproportionately affects low-income, LGBTQIA, women and black immigrant communities since they are most likely to be targeted by criminalization
Legal providers have expressed that this is a dysfunctional model and they will have to spend more than half of their time screening community members to find out they cannot represent them
Everyone deserves due process to better understand their rights and choices under immigration law. At the end of the day certain laws will dictate the outcome of the particular case.
We cannot let LA County discriminate against people who have convictions, especially given the systemic injustices within our criminal justice system. The carve-out will also make providing services more expensive and will end up helping fewer people. New York recently passed the first in the nation Universal Representation Program! We need LA to follow.
We urgently need your help opposing this motion with CALLS and SOCIAL MEDIA
At this point, we need to call ALL 5 of the Board of Supervisor offices and the Mayor expressing our strong opposition to this motion.
1) Sup. Solis: (213) 974-4111
2) Sup. Ridley-Thomas: (213) 974-2222
3) Sup. Kuehl: (213) 974-3333
4) Sup. Hahn: (213) 974-4444
5) Sup. Barger: (213) 974-5555
6) Mayor Garcetti: (213) 978-0600
Hello, my name is ______. My zip code is _______. I am calling to express my strong opposition to the LA Justice Fund Client Prioritization and Services motion, which the LA County Board of Supervisors will hear on Tuesday. The LA Justice Fund must not bar any group of people from getting a lawyer to defend them from deportation. This is about due process and fairness. Don't buy into Trump's framework, dividing people into "good" and "bad" immigrants. Please stand up for immigrants and ensure the LA Justice Fund provides services to ALL our community members.
TWEET TODAY BETWEEN 9AM-12PM
Don't carve up the #LAJusticeFund! Stand up for ALL our community members and protect #DueProcess4All.
Carving out the #LAJusticeFund means carving up local families. Oppose the eligibility motion Tuesday! #DueProcess4All.
Don't endorse Trump's good/bad immigrant idea! For real justice in LA, don’t carve out the #LAJusticeFund! #DueProcess4All
Vote no on the #LAJusticeFund eligibility motion Tues. LA must take a stand for #DueProcess4All Do the right thing!
.@MayorOfLA, my neighborhood stands for #DueProcess4All. My neighbors want a healthy #LAJusticeFund. We need you to take a stand today!
Thank you for your continuous support!
Deportation Defense Coordinator
Immigrant Youth Coalition
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