FAQ Topic: Immigration Services

Who qualifies?

To qualify, you must: 1. Earn 200 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines; 2. Be unrepresented by counsel; and 3. Be a resident of Santa Ana immediately prior to detention by ICE (priority will be given to residents who are detained).

Who is funding the Immigration Legal defense fund?

On June 15, 2021, the City of Santa Ana City Council authorized an additional $100,000 for the fund as part of its approval of the City’s budget. This additional funding brought the total fund amount to $300,000. The City Council also made the defense fund a recurring item on the agenda for each year’s annual … Continued

Who will be providing the services?

Immigration Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is the legal service provider for the City of Santa Ana’s immigration services. ImmDef, one of California’s leading nonprofit deportation defense organizations, focuses on assisting immigrants who are facing some of the most complex legal challenges. This covers representation for individuals with mental health issues, children and teens who came … Continued

Why do we need the immigration defense fund?

People in immigration proceedings do not have the right to government-funded counsel. They must navigate complicated and ever-changing immigration laws alone against a trained government attorney, without the help of a lawyer.

What is universal representation?

Under the universal representation model, ImmDef provided full-scope removal defense assistance to individuals, regardless of the immigration relief available. Whereas traditional legal service programs may identify eligibility for representation through screening for viable immigration relief, the universal representation model ensures each client, regardless of potential relief, is given an opportunity to be heard.

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