More Cities Are Using Taxpayer Funds To Provide Legal Defense For Illegal Aliens

by William Teach | May 7, 2017 7:44 am


It’s not like cities and counties and states have an issue with the “crumbling infrastructure” or anything. Remember this[2]?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Hilda Solis in December announced the creation of a $10-million legal aid fund to “hire lawyers to defend local immigrants without legal status.” (“A $10-million fund will help immigrants fight deportations. But should it help those with violent criminal convictions?[3]” April 17)

My street hasn’t been swept for years. When I tried to find out why, I was told that my area is not “on the list” because there are no longer enough machines and people to drive them. Services that I continue to pay for have been stopped.

If there is enough money around to help illegal immigrants, surely there is enough to begin sweeping my dirty street again. Shouldn’t citizens come before illegal residents?

Well, sorry, buddy, illegals come before citizens

(Fox News[4]) Sacramento became the latest city this week to go above and beyond ‘sanctuary’ policies by approving the use of taxpayer dollars to support the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing deportation.

The City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to draw $300,000 from the general fund to “provide urgent legal and support services to Sacramento families facing the immediate threat of separation due to deportation.”

The plan, backed by the mayor, fits a trend of local and state lawmakers taking similar action. As the Trump administration separately faces a court setback in its bid to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities, those jurisdictions are only doubling down.

Earlier in the week, officials in Michigan’s Washtenaw County gave initial approval to pay such legal bills with taxpayer funds.

Proposals to directly or indirectly pay for legal assistance to illegal immigrants have also gained approval in Providence, R.I.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco[5], Calif.; and Newark, N.J.

Even in the small New York city of Ithaca, politicians are gearing up to spend emergency funds to help illegal immigrants taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to The Ithaca Voice[6].

And on a broader scale, New York lawmakers recently signed off on a statewide legal defense fund, while California legislators are considering[7] a bill creating a fund that could carry a price tag of up to $12 million per year.

What is it with Liberals (and some squishy Republicans) in the almost addictive need to protect people who are unlawfully present in the United States? Realistically, they will all be simply wasting taxpayer money in attempting to defend people who are unlawfully present in the United States.

Immigration Judge: “Mr./Ms. Lawyer Defending The Illegal Alien client, did your client have the permission of the government of the United States to enter the U.S./overstay their visa? Are they unlawfully present in the United States?”

Illegal alien lawyer: “well, you see, your honor…”

Judge: “yes or no, counselor”

Lawyer: “well, no, but…”

Judge: “great, thanks, put the illegal on a bus to the border/plane to their home country. Bye now!”

If they are here illegally, then they do not belong. They get deported. It really is that simple. They could have done things the right way, they CHOSE not to. Choices can have consequences, good or bad.

BTW, all those involved in enforcing the laws on illegal aliens should certainly move some of their focus to a different part, not just those who have illegally entered, and fix a few issues

(Xinhuanet[8]) The U.S. arrested less than 1 percent of foreign visitors who overstayed their visas in 2015, due to inefficient technology support, found a newly-released government audit report.

The report, released by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), found that only 3,402 of an estimated 527,127 nonimmigrant visa overstays in 2015 were caught.

The main reason for this is officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have to use 27 different DHS computer systems to track visa overstays and make arrests.

This leads to a lot of time and money wasted by ICE and other law enforcement officials, and has created a 1.2 million backlog on visa overstays.

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