Taxpayers across America are being charged more than $66 million, millions that are often passed through a woke, pro-illegal immigrant group linked to leftist billionaire George Soros, to help illegal immigrants who have been caught government wants to deport fight their deportations from the United States.
That investigation was conducted by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI). It reveals that taxpayers across 50 American municipalities are footing the illegal immigration bill. Not only do they have to pay the consequences of such people around, pay the law enforcement and court bills to get them out of America, and pay the price of letting wolves into their communities, but they also have to pay for the court bills of those illegals! Giving background on why that is, the IRLI report notes that:
In the United States, criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for their own lawyer are entitled to a government-appointed lawyer. The Supreme Court imposed this obligation on the courts its 1963 Gideon v. Wainright decision, reasoning that the right of an indigent defendant in a criminal trial to have the assistance of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial. However, the rule announced in Gideon v. Wainright, applies only to criminal proceedings.
Criminal cases involve the commission of bad acts that violate legal obligations owed to society as a whole. Hence, criminal proceedings are typically titled: People v. Smith, Commonwealth v. Jones, State of California v. Roberts, etc. Civil cases arise in situations where a person or entity has failed to fulfill a legal duty owed to another person or entity – for instance, when a company sues a consumer over an unpaid bill or when a state places a lien on property due to unpaid taxes. Because civil proceedings do not implicate the fundamental rights to life and liberty (i.e. nobody receives a prison sentence or the death penalty following a civil proceeding) a fair trial can take place even when one or both of the parties are not represented by counsel. Thus, even poverty-stricken litigants in civil proceedings are not entitled to a free lawyer, at government expense.
[…]To put that in plain English, foreign nationals in proceedings before the Immigration Court may be represented by counsel, provided that they locate, retain and pay for their own attorney. And, from a practical standpoint, this makes sense. U.S. citizens do not get free lawyers when they are facing eviction from their homes, mortgage foreclosures, tax liens or repossession of a motor vehicle – so why should U.S. citizens be forced to dole out hard earned cash in order to pay for lawyers for foreign nationals who, at worst, might get a free ride home courtesy of Uncle Sam?
[…]Approximately 50 jurisdictions across the United States have now established publicly funded deportation defense programs. These initiatives – which are part of a broader effort to establish a federal “right” to publicly-funded counsel for anyone facing deportation from the United States – provide free or reduced cost legal services to aliens in Immigration Court, at taxpayer expense.
So, in other words, those municipalities have no responsibility to provide illegals with assistance. Because illegal immigration trials, even with the threat of deportation, are civil trials, there’s no need to provide the illegals with free counsel. Yet about 50 municipalities are voluntarily doing so, at great cost to the taxpayers in them!
And that voluntary act comes at a great cost to taxpayers, as IRLI notes, “And the cost to U.S. taxpayers is staggering. Cash-strapped American families are laying out roughly $66,145,000 for lawyers to try and keep illegal aliens, foreign criminals and other immigration violators in the United States. What’s worse, is the longer those immigration violators remain in America, the more they tend to cost us – placing a fiscal burden on public schools, the criminal justice system and our transportation infrastructure.”
One of the groups receiving many of those taxpayer funds is, as the IRLI notes, a group called “The Vera Institute of Justice”:
Vera uses a simple, straightforward strategy. It targets liberal cities and counties, lobbying them to establish funds to pay for lawyers to represent foreigners in deportation proceedings. Interested localities are encouraged by Vera to join its SAFE (Safety and Fairness for Everyone) Network. This is an association of city and county governments across the country that spend public funds on lawyers to represent non-citizens contesting their deportation orders. [Emphasis added]
Vera entices local governments by offering matching grants to a portion of the costs associated with the first year of a deportation defense fund. For example, a city may decide to join the SAFE Network and accept a $100,000 donation from Vera, but city officials must fork over $100,000 of taxpayer money in order to receive that grant. Accordingly, for the initial year, the participating city will effectively double the funds available to it. (In our hypothetical, $100,000 becomes $200,000 through Vera’s matching grant). [Emphasis added]
The Vera Institute of Justice has ties to Soros’s Open Society Foundation. Further, it’s backed by the usual suspects, such as the Tides Foundation, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
So a group backed by Soros and the Rockefeller Family is milking taxpayers for tens of millions of dollars to keep foreign criminals in the United States. Sounds accurate.
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