Living In LA Can Give Asylum Seekers An Advantage — If Housing Costs Don’t Push Them Out

California's high cost of living could push families out of the very places offering the most help.

News Story (California)

David Wagner
December 19, 2018

Tags: Asylum, Housing: Affordability

Organizations mentioned/involved: Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Los Angeles)


In recent weeks, thousands of migrants have gathered in Tijuana, hoping for asylum in the United States. Some will be deported before ever stepping foot in California. Others will be detained by U.S. immigration authorities as they wait for their hearings.

But some will be allowed to live in California while their cases wind through the system. Legal experts say they’ll be lucky to be here. The state has a cadre of pro bono attorneys eager to help them navigate the complicated asylum process.