Fairfax moves toward more affordable housing, pay raises with new budget

But they passionately debated one of the smaller spending decisions: a $200,000 legal-aid pilot program to help immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

News Story (Virginia)

Antonio Olivo
Washington Post
April 30, 2019

Tags: Immigration


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.