Legal Aid for Deportees
The city council wants New York City to fund attorneys for all residents facing deportation proceedings. Mayor de Blasio has agreed to provide baseline funding for the initiative on the condition that those convicted of serious crimes not be eligible for the free legal aid. The mayor is right: illegal immigrants who have committed serious felonies can hire their own counsel, without the help of New York taxpayers.
The Facts You Need to Know
Detained: New York City has an official policy of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities regarding detained criminals with improper visa status. Read more.
Neutral: The debate about free counsel relates to a prosecutorial trend toward “immigration-neutral disposition” of criminal cases involving illegal immigrants. Read more.
Bad Guys: The criminals that the mayor doesn’t want to protect include those convicted of the most heinous forms of violence. Read more.
“These are crimes that can injure others and make our communities less safe.”
The Past is Present
“The issue of immigration has prompted great soul-searching and re-evaluation among economists across the political spectrum.”
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