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Gov. Cuomo Announces NY Will Provide Legal Defense for Undocumented Immigrants

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Recently at a White House briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just put his foot down!

Sessions explained how the Dep. of Justice will hold back all grants or funds given to sanctuaries for immigrants.

“This is a matter of safety and national security.”

Leaders of these sanctuary cities do not realize the harm they are causing by allowing these immigrants to stay and continue raping, murdering, and filling up our prisons.

Reported by ijr,

With President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions at their door, sanctuary cities and states are on the defensive.

Now, New York has decided to allocate funds for a program that will further protect undocumented immigrants in the state.

According to CNN Money, Governor Andrew Cuomo has allocated $10 million of New York’s fiscal 2018 budget to create a legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation.

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The fund is “to ensure all immigrants, regardless of residency status, have access to representation,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.

The fund is being called the “Liberty Defense Project,” and it consists of public and private money. The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation have added $1.5 million to the fund, bring the total to $11.5 million.

When he first announced the program, Governor Cuomo said that he was protecting the rights of New Yorkers:

“During these stormy times, it’s critical that all New Yorkers have access to their full rights under the law.”

CNN Money points out that, typically, undocumented immigrants do not have access to a free attorney, unlike their legal counterparts.

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With the help of nearly 200 groups and legal entities, New York and the Vera Institute of Justice will be able to provide pro bono defense for detained immigrants.

According to CNN and TRAC, a Syracuse-based database that tracks government enforcement, roughly 98.5% of the cases led to the defendant being deported. However, with a lawyer present, that dropped to 73.7%.

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, told CNN that even the $10 million is not enough:

“The $10 million in the budget is a good start and an important investment. But there are still major gaps in legal services. There are thousands of New Yorkers who are not detained, but face deportation and might have relief, but can’t afford lawyers.”

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Let’s just pray if a war comes to the USA, California and New York will NOT fight on the side of the enemy.

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1 Comment

  1. Doug

    April 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Thank God I live south of the Mason-Dixon.

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