City Funds Lawyers for Immigrants Facing Deportation
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore’s spending board approves taxpayer funds to help city residents with immigration hearings, and fight possible deportation.
Baltimore will contribute $100,000. Vera’s SAFE (Safety and Fairness for Everyone) Cities Network will match the city’s contribution with another $100,000. Vera has been building a network of cities to fund attorneys for immigrants, in response to the Trump administration’s increased immigration enforcement.
“It’s the right thing to do. It’s the moral thing to do,” said Baltimore’s top attorney, Andre Davis.
FOX45 asked Davis why the city should aid the defense of immigrants who may be illegally in the country.
“We’re not defending people. We are providing counsel to people who are caught up in a very complex legal regime,” Davis responded.
The $200,000 will be managed by the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.