Yolo County considers hiring attorney to protect immigrant residents from deportation

County supervisors could approve $150,000 toward the cost of an attorney to protect residents from deportation, according to a report.
Graphic: Winters Express
Graphic: Winters Express

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The Davis Enterprise reported on Saturday the idea for hiring an attorney stemmed from discussions held by Supervisors Don Saylor and Jim Provenza with representatives from a number of groups that provide legal services to immigrants after county supervisors previously approved setting aside tens of thousands of dollars to help immigrants who needed legal services. Saylor represents the Winters area. The idea would involve expanding a current budget allocation of $100,000 to $150,000 in order to fund a one-year contract with an outside attorney or work with the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office to find an attorney there who could take on immigration causes for one year, the newspaper said. The services would specifically target immigrants who are currently in custody and face deportation proceedings. Any budget allocation decision on the matter would require a four-fifths vote from the supervisors. A county report cited by the newspaper said future funding for the position would likely come from “foundation or grant funding” based on the assumption that relying on general fund money would be “unsustainable” in the long term. The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the issue at their next meeting on Tuesday at 9 a.m. inside the board chambers at 625 Court Street in Woodland.

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

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