Saturday, January 29, 2022

Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers for Illegals: So-called “deportation defense” is the Next Big Thing in Radical Causes

Leftists like to keep criminals, rioters, and illegal aliens out on the streets where they can do damage to American society instead of behind bars where they belong.
Leftist groups like the Kamala Harris-endorsed Minnesota Freedom Fund, National Lawyers Guild, and the ACORN successor group, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), set up bail funds for rioters to get them back out on the streets causing mayhem.
Now radicals are doing the same thing for illegal aliens.
The best friend of illegal aliens right now is the Brooklyn, New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, which spends much of its resources freeing illegals who often fail to appear for immigration hearings, from immigration detention facilities.
The extremist open-borders and anti-law and order narratives on Vera’s website, reeking of anti-Americanism, read like they were written by Noam Chomsky.
According to Vera: “In its scale and brutality, the American justice system is a global aberration[,]”; “The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world[,]”; and “People of color are incarcerated at an unmistakably higher rate than white people.”
The group’s mission is “[t]o end the overcriminalization and mass incarceration of people of color, immigrants, and people experiencing poverty.”
Vera was founded in 1961 by philanthropist Louis Schweitzer and magazine editor Herbert Sturz, who “recognized the injustice of a bail system in New York City that locked people up simply for being poor.” Schweitzer died in 1971. Sturz, who died in June 2021, served on the board of leftist billionaire George Soros’s grantmaking behemoth, the Open Society Institute, since renamed Open Society Foundations.
Originally called the Manhattan Bail Project, it focused on helping low-income New Yorkers meet bail conditions they could not afford. Nowadays, much of Vera’s work is concerned with immigration-related issues. “Because very few can afford to hire a lawyer, most immigrants face deportation proceedings alone and without any legal defense,” according to Vera.
It is a well-heeled nonprofit that gets much of its funding from the federal government. In fiscal 2019 it employed 334 people, took in $178.5 million, and ended with year with $97.3 million.
Vera is a pioneer in the field of the “deportation defense program,” which can be defined as any initiative that provides legal representation to a non-citizen in deportation proceedings, typically at little or no cost to the client.
This deportation defense movement grew out of the sanctuary city movement, which gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans by, among other things, stigmatizing immigration enforcement. Both of these activist agglomerations demonize U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Read the rest from Matthew Vadum HERE

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