De Blasio, City Council reach deal limiting legal fund for immigrants facing deportation

The city’s $26 million will not go to pay for lawyers for immigrants convicted of 170 serious crimes — a restriction de Blasio had insisted on — but anonymous private donors have stepped in with $250,000 to aid those who can’t get the taxpayer money.
News Story (New York)

Jillian Jorgensen, Erin Durkin
New York Daily News
August 1, 2017

Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


“As we’ve always maintained, NYIFUP’s success as a right to counsel program is rooted in unrestricted access,” said Adriene Holder, attorney in charge of the civil practice. “Now that the issue of a criminal carve out has been resolved, we look forward to strengthening our efforts defending New Yorkers from unjust detention and deportation.”

On his weekly appearance on NY1, de Blasio defended the use of anonymous private donations for a public service.