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Modesto migrant shelter providing legal aid to kids 2 days after pressure from lawmaker

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After an inquiry by California Rep. Josh Harder, a shelter for migrant children in Modesto is providing required legal services to the kids.

The shelter houses immigrant children facing legal proceedings over whether they can stay in the U.S. It opened about two months ago and reportedly did not provide legal services to the children until Wednesday night.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which contracts with local facilities to house the migrant children, is required by law to offer legal services for the children. The agency received $100 million for immigration-related services, including legal assistance for child migrants, from Congress earlier this year.

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California counties sue over Trump’s green card rule, claim deterrent to seeking public assistance

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Two California counties are suing over the Trump administration's new green card restrictions, claiming that they violate federal immigration law and exact a financial toll by deterring migrants' requests for public assistance.

"This latest effort by the Trump Administration to target immigrants, including those who are lawfully seeking visas and green cards, is abhorrent, and we will do everything in our power to protect our residents’ ability to access the critical services and benefits we provide," a Tuesday statement from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera read.

Herrera joined Santa Clara County counsel James R. Williams in arguing that the administration's rule would effectively force local governments to use revenues in order to mitigate the public health harm allegedly created by migrants not seeking medical care.

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