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City Council approves aid for immigrants after emotional debate

Austin City Council members approved giving $200,000 in emergency city funding on Thursday to provide legal help to immigrants, after an emotionally charged debate in which two council members fought back tears.

The money, proposed by Council Member Greg Casar, adds to the city’s existing contract with Catholic Charities of Central Texas, which helps immigrants secure legal status, obtain U.S. work authorization and get counseling services. The funding will provide services for an additional 50 people per month.

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