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More Cities Paying Legal Defense Fees for Illegal Immigrants Facing Deportation

Programs where cities are paying for the legal fees of illegal immigrants are appearing in areas such as, San Francisco, Austin, Newark, and Providence, Rhode Island.

Even smaller cities are starting to participate in the effort. Ithaca, New York has plans to spend emergency funds in order to help illegals taken into custody by immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

In just the past week, officials in Michigan’s Washtenaw County approved a measure to pay legal bills for illegals facing deportation, using taxpayer funds. Ann Arbor is the county seat, which explains quite a bit.

Creating these programs has upset groups that believes using tax money such as this is foolish at a time where cities are under financial stress. Many view this as a direct insult to taxpayers who don’t approve.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which supports a more strict immigration process, has been particularly vocal.

It is simply bad public policy to be spending public funds at a time when everyone is strapped for cash and cannot fund the money for vital services. Even if they are relatively small funders, they are directing much-needed resources from school and roads to meet the political desires of lawmakers.”

On top of cities creating these legal programs, state governments in New York and California are now moving to establish legal defense funds for illegals. New York’s program is approved and California legislators are considering a bill to create a fund that could cost up to $12 million a year.

Executive director and general counsel of the Immigration Law Reform Institute (ILRI), Dale Wilcox, has called using public funds to pay the legal fees of illegal immigrants “insulting” to taxpayers and legal residents.

It also provides yet another incentive for more illegal aliens to come and will further clog up our immigration courts, some of the most backed up in the nation.”

ILRI recently filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case that involves the issue of whether illegals facing expedited deportation should be guaranteed the right to legal representation.

The movement to create these legal funds for illegal immigrants just takes the “sanctuary city” concept one step further.

Via Fox News