Laws and Legislation
Gov. Brown urges $3 million in legal aid for immigrant children

Seeking to address a swell of unaccompanied children from Central America who have immigrated to the U.S. illegally in recent months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other California lawmakers announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3 million in legal aid to those minors. The bill, if approved, would steer taxpayer money to nonprofit organizations that provide legal help to unaccompanied minors facing deportation. Pro bono lawyers who specialize in such cases say they have been overwhelmed by demand amid a surge of immigration. They say many children, including some who have asylum claims, are being forced to navigate the complex immigration system alone. Brown, who is up for reelection in...