- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocates want California to follow New York City’s footsteps and start funding lawyers for detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

A coalition of immigration and civil rights advocates on Wednesday released a report saying detained immigrants with attorneys fare much better than those representing themselves at deportation hearings.

The report says more than two-thirds of immigrants detained in California in the past three years did not have lawyers.

Public Counsel Staff Attorney Talia Inlender says the coalition hopes Los Angeles County will start funding lawyers for detainees under a pilot program.

A spokesman says Gov. Jerry Brown will consider any proposed legislation and has supported past efforts to provide legal services for immigrants.

Immigrants in deportation proceedings are not guaranteed lawyers. New York City has begun providing lawyers for low-income immigrants in detention.

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