Inslee announces $1.2 million in immigrant legal aid funding

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is announcing additional emergency funding for a grant approved earlier this year to support civil legal aid services for immigrant families.

Wednesday’s announcement comes amid the uproar over the U.S. Department of Justice’s new “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown, in which children have been taken from their parents. In addition to a $1 million grant that was approved by the Legislature earlier this year, Inslee has authorized $230,000 in emergency funding to bolster funding to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Group.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is considering action on family separations, with President Trump telling reporters at the White House Wednesday he would be “signing something” shortly.

More than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.