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Baltimore will begin to use public funds for legal defense of illegal immigrants facing deportation, Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Wednesday.
A city spending panel approved $200,000 to pay for attorneys to represent illegal immigrants living in Baltimore who federal immigration authorities have detained, The Baltimore Sun reported.
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Half the money will come through a Vera Institute of Justice grant, a New York nonprofit, and the other half will come from the city’s budget.
The combined funding is expected to support immigration appeals for about 40 people.
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Pugh described the initiative as a way to help ensure detained Baltimore residents have legal representation, regardless of their immigration status.
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The Constitution does not guarantee legal representation for people in civil immigration proceedings, unlike criminal defendants.
“We hope that everyone gets due process,” Pugh said.
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The creation of a legal defense fund for illegal immigrants comes as malfeasance and corruption continue to plague Baltimore’s criminal justice system.
Baltimore was the deadliest city in the nation on a per capita basis in 2017 and had more homicides than several larger cities — including Los Angeles, Dallas and New York City.
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