Money Allocated for Immigration Lawyers [for Unaccompanied Children]

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it would provide $9 million over two years for lawyers to represent unaccompanied minors in their deportation cases in immigration courts. The program, which will assist about 2,600 youths, is the first time the department has directly funded lawyers for those minors. In the 2014 fiscal year ending Tuesday, the department took custody of about 58,100 unaccompanied children caught at the border, officials said, more than double the number in 2013 but far fewer than estimates of 90,000 during a surge in South Texas in June.

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