The immigration fund is part of a wider effort to cement Seattle’s status as a “welcoming city” where immigrants with and without documentation can feel safe.

By Ashley Archibald

Seattle elected officials announced a $1 million legal defense and immigration fund to protect refugees and immigrants targeted by the federal government.

The fund will support residents and workers in Seattle who would otherwise have difficulty affording an attorney and who face civil proceedings in immigration court. The money will be released as a grant to community-based organizations that apply to hire immigration attorneys, staffs and navigators to help immigrants facing trial.

According to a release from City Hall, people in immigration proceedings do not have the right to an attorney, and 35 percent of people who appear before the Seattle immigration court don’t have representation. At Tacoma Immigration Court, 92 percent of people don’t have access to any legal representation.

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