News Story (Virginia)
April 30, 2019
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The program replicates efforts in 30 cities and counties across the country — including Prince George’s and Montgomerycounties.
Under federal law, low-income people are not entitled to a public defender for immigration proceedings because they are civil rather than criminal cases.
Herrity joined Supervisors John C. Cook (R-Braddock) and Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) in opposing the program.
They argued that the creation of a legal-defense fund in Fairfax would be unfair to other indigent residents who do not receive such help and would wrongly pull the county into the country’s raging debate over immigration.