Harris County, Texas County Judge Lina Hidalgo will increase the size of the public defender’s office to provide legal advice to attorneys dealing with the deportation cases of individuals not lawfully present in the U.S.
Answering questions during the “Value of Immigrants and Immigration” Luncheon Discussion at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy event on March 7, moderator Kate Vickery, Executive Director, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative asked Judge Hidalgo how immigration factors in with criminal justice reform.
In her response to the invitation-only attendees, Judge Hidalgo said (start at 14:45 mark):
in our next fiscal year budget, we will increase the size of the public defender’s office to provide legal advice to attorneys dealing with deportation cases.
The Harris County County Judge is not the only elected official asking taxpayers to foot the bill providing legal aid to illegal aliens.
In a February 11, 2019 story, San Diego news outlet abc10 reported California Governor Gavin Newsome’s draft budget included (and the California Senate approved) spending $5 million on immigration aid.
Since 2014 New York City taxpayers footed the bill for attorneys to provide legal aid to people facing deportation.