Mayor marks $16M for il­le­gals’ lawyers

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Di­nan ‘

New York Mayor Bill DeBla­sio has ear­marked more than $16 mil­lion in city tax­payer funds to pay for lawyers to help il­le­gal im­mi­grants fight de­por­ta­tion as part of his 2018 bud­get.

The money is to be used to pay for “le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion for im­mi­grant New York­ers fac­ing de­por­ta­tion and other im­mi­gra­tion chal­lenges,” the mayor’s of­fice said as he re­leased his pro­posal Wed­nes­day.

Mr. DeBla­sio’s move fol­lows New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s prom­ise of $10 mil­lion in tax­payer funds ear­marked for the same pur­pose statewide.

Im­mi­grant rights groups cheered the mayor’s pro­posal, call­ing it an “un­prece­dented” amount of cash.

“At a time when im­mi­grants are un­der sense­less at­tack by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, this is still our New York: a city made strong by its di­ver­sity,” said Steve Choi, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the New York Im­mi­gra­tion Coali­tion.

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