Mayor Walsh today announced the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund to help immigrants who suddenly find themselves threatened by actions in Washington and locally.
Among the groups that have agreed to participate, and which have kicked in a total of $1 million in initial funding: The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, the Barr Foundation, the Hyams Foundation, the Fish Family Foundation, the Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation, the Klarman Family Foundation and the law firms of Foley Hoag and Mintz Levin.
In a statement, Walsh said:
Boston would not be the thriving city it is without its immigrant community, past and present. Through this initiative, funding will be made available for legal service providers in order to increase legal representation for those facing deportation and who cannot afford the cost of a lawyer. Additionally, funds will be distributed to organizations with strong community engagement programs in order to connect legal representation with community education and outreach.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) first proposed an immigrant legal defense fund in February.