Cities have the capacity to implement great inclusive policies.
“On Wednesday, 27 of the 51 Council members signed a letter that was delivered electronically to Mr. de Blasio, urging him to provide legal help without restrictions. That is the public defender model currently used by the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a model studied nationally that since 2013 has provided services primarily for indigent immigrants who have been detained.
“We want to step away from rhetoric that one person is more deserving than another in representation,” City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who represents Brooklyn and is the lead signatory, said in an interview on Monday.
“Ultimately, the immigration courts, not New York City, will decide who can stay and who must leave, but we can and should ensure that all of them are afforded their fair day in court.”
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