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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ARIZONA TAXPAYERS WILL NOW HAVE TO PAY FOR LAWYERS FOR IMMIGRANTS

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Kudos to my colleague Elissa Taub who pointed out something rather interesting that none of the supporters of the Arizona law have told Arizonans. Under federal immigration law, a removal proceeding is a civil proceeding and one is not entitled to a public defender or any assistance in paying for help from an immigration lawyer.

However, the new Arizona law makes it a state crime to be illegally present in the state. What this means is that any person charged under the new law is entitled to a taxpayer funded public defender or taxpayer funded private lawyer. And we lawyers don't come cheap. So congrats Arizonans on helping transfer a huge portion of your hard earned money to my colleagues in the Land of Enchantment.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    An interesting take in SC...

    http://www.thestate.com/2010/04/24/1258024/bauer-takes-aim-at-the-lazy-in.html
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Thought the Land of Enchantment is New Mexico. Why these illegals wont move to NM and boost the electoral college numbers in that state is way beyond me!
  3. Jim's Avatar
    I wonder what will happen to AZ with all the boycotts, deportations, voluntary mass exodus of non-whites (legal/illegal), payment for lawyers. Add in the entry of crazies and maybe even a few sex offenders from other States.

  4. arnold's Avatar
    This is good for the whole immigration community!
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    Good to hear I hope attorneys make lots of money on AZ account. I am sure that arizonans will thrilled, let's hear the governor explain that one.... specially since their finances are in trouble.
  6. s's Avatar
    Tom tancredo does not like this law either, He says ...

    "I do not want people here, there in Arizona, pulled over because you look like should be pulled over,"


    http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-arizona-debate-042410,0,7273222.story
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