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Denver creating legal defense fund for immigrants, including those in country illegally

By: The Associated Press
November 7, 2017 Updated: November 7, 2017 at 10:08 am
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The Denver City and County Building. Photo courtesy City of Denver.

DENVER — Denver will set aside $200,000 to help immigrants facing deportation or other proceedings.

City councilors voted 9-4 Monday night to create a legal defense fund for immigrants, including those living in the country illegally.

Earlier this year Mayor Michael Hancock proposed using $100,000 from a contingency fund for that purpose. Besides doubling the amount, city councilors also voted to create a specific line item for the defense fund.

Hancock's spokeswoman, Jenna Espinoza, says the mayor will accept the budget changes.

A panel is studying how the fund will work and how the money will be distributed.

The city's entire budget faces a final vote on Nov. 13.

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