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Santa Ana City Council Expands and Makes Permanent its Deportation Defense Fund

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 17, 2021


Contact:

Allison Vo, VietRISE, (714) 470-0107, allison@vietrise.org

Sabrina Rivera, OC Justice Fund, (949) 570-0226, srivera@ocjusticefund.org


Santa Ana City Council Expands and Makes Permanent its Deportation Defense Fund





Immigrant rights advocates and Santa Ana elected officials celebrate this hard-fought victory which reaffirms the city’s commitment to protect its undocumented residents from detention and deportation.


SANTA ANA, CA – Santa Ana City Council voted to increase funding to $300,000 and make permanent its Deportation Defense Fund as part of the city’s Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget this past Tuesday, June 15th, 2021. Immigrant rights organizations and city elected officials celebrate this victory after years of advocacy in the city to make this program a long term commitment from the city to its immigrant residents:


“Refugees and immigrants are doubly punished by the criminal justice and immigration systems, and immigration enforcement targets the Vietnamese community in Orange County at the second highest rate. The increased funding and permanency of Santa Ana’s universal representation program solidifies a stable line of deportation defense that ensures due process for all