How the California state budget helps undocumented immigrants fight deportation

The Sacramento Bee, Adam Ashton

The California state budget on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk puts tens of millions of dollars into programs that could help undocumented immigrants fight federal efforts to deport them, including opening up $10 million to hire lawyers for unaccompanied minors trying to stay in the U.S.

The budget pushed through by majority Democrats expands funding for immigration legal services offered through the Department of Social Services and public colleges.

It also includes $1.6 million to build a team of eight attorneys and investigators in the Labor Commissioner's office at the Department of Industrial Relations. They would enforce a state law that requires businesses to tell their employees when they’re contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.