The sanctuary city will not only shelter illegal aliens from immigration authorities – now they want to set aside city funds to help pay for lawyers to defend the illegal aliens from deportation.
In defiance of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to deport criminal illegal aliens and cut off funding to sanctuary cities, San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos proposed on Tuesday that the City should set aside $5 million to help pay legal fees for any illegal aliens who may be facing deportation.
Campos reportedly hopes to bring the proposal up for a vote on December 13th to the Board of Supervisors. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it will be his last meeting before his term in office ends, and less than six weeks before Trump takes office as the 45th President.
Campos himself came to the United States as an illegal alien when he was a child, arriving with his family from Guatemala, but has since obtained his citizenship.
If Trump makes good on his promise to strip away federal funding from sanctuary cities, San Francisco stands to lose about $1 billion annually. The city’s mayor, Ed Lee, and the Board of Supervisors have insisted that San Francisco will continue protecting the approximately 44,000 illegal aliens living there.
The city is already short on funds, due to higher pension costs, and the failure of a proposed sales tax increase.
Now Campos wants to take $5 million of taxpayer money to protect the illegals. He wants to distribute it as follows:
$2.6 million to the public defender’s office to hire 10 lawyers, fire paralegals and two legal clerks to represent the illegals who are facing deportation.
$2 million to community legal groups to hire 13 lawyers and 6 outreach staff to educate illegals who are not facing deportation about their legal rights.
$400,000 to nonprofit organizations for an emergency hotline and legal help in case of raids on illegals at their homes, workplaces, or elsewhere.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that, “Proponents of sanctuary city status say it’s crucial to ensuring that immigrants without proper documentation cooperate with police and also have access to health and education services, which benefit society as a whole.”