BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore spending panel has approved spending $200,000 to pay for attorneys that will represent immigrants facing deportation.

Mayor Catherine Pugh tells The Baltimore Sun that the move is meant to show the city supports its residents. The mayor compares public defenders provided to people who cannot afford attorneys in criminal cases to the new representation, funded in part by city taxpayers and in part by New York nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young says the funding could reduce government costs by keeping families together, preventing abandoned children from entering state care.

The funding approved Wednesday is expected to help 40 immigrants with lawyers provided by the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.

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Comments (5)
  1. Chip Iley says:

    Can’t heat your schools, BCPD officers are having to pay their own legal fees, most dangerous city in the country…and you want to blow money to defend people that have broken the law??? Put up a fence around Baltimore City and let it burn.

  2. Amazing…leave your kids to freeze in your schools…but can steal the tax dollars to fund illegal’s lawyers and 60 buses so that you can prostitute these same kids on the streets of DC in another dimwitted soros funded protest. How about using the 200k to pay the legal fees of your police that you said you could not afford, and instead of busing off to a gun protest, support you own police and get guns off your own streets. Geez….

  3. They left out the word “illegal.” Isn’t this obstruction of justice by definition?