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NYC Council Speaker Wants Publicly-Funded Attorneys for Violent Felons Fighting Deportation

May 02, 2017 - New York Observer

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito broke with Mayor Bill de Blasio today over his call not to grant violent felons and those convicted of other egregious crimes access to a proposed $16.4 million city fund to provide free legal services to undocumented immigrants fighting deportation under President Donald Trump.

When de Blasio unveiled his $84.68 billion second-draft budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, he announced that the city would meet Mark-Viverito's request that cit...