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Immigrants facing deportation could lose access to a lawyer as New Haven’s legal aid office wrestles with a sudden $1 million cut.

That loss stems from the current economic meltdown. Legal aid groups throughout the state depend on the real estate market for much of their budgets, through a program that steers them donations from the interest on escrow accounts. The program is called IOLTA, for Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts. The bulk of the program’s money comes from escrow accounts tied to real estate transactions.

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