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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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