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The Latest: Bill Would Provide Lawyers For Immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democrats on a California legislative panel have advanced a bill that would provide money for lawyers to represent people facing deportation. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure Tuesday with a 5-2 party-line vote, as California Democrats ramped up efforts against President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration and sanctuary cities. Several Democrats voted to advance the measure to another committee despite their strong concerns about creating a new program to assist immigrants while existing legal-aid programs are underfunded. Some Democratic lawmakers also say they’re concerned that the legislation prohibits assistance for people with prior criminal convictions.