Yolo County supervisors pass on plan to hire attorney for immigrants facing deportation

Supervisors declined to adopt a plan to earmark $150,000 for an attorney who would represent immigrants facing deportation.
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The Davis Enterprise reported on Wednesday the plan, spearheaded by Yolo County Supervisors Don Saylor and Jim Provenza, did not gain enough support from their peers to move ahead with the idea. The idea came to formation after Saylor and Provenza contacted a number of local agencies and legal aid groups who concluded additional money could be used to better defend immigrant residents who face or are currently going through deportation proceedings. The money would have allowed county officials to hire a private practice attorney or set aside an attorney in the public defender’s office with the specific task of representing immigrant residents. The idea failed to gain traction with a majority of county supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting, the Davis Enterprise reported. It is expected to be considered again when budget discussions occur in June, the newspaper said.

With reporting by Anne Ternus-Bellamy of the Davis Enterprise.]]>

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