Baltimore has partnered with the Soros-backed group Open Society to attract more illegal immigrants to the city. The partnership has raised $500,000 to establish a legal defense fund to assist illegals who are facing deportation proceedings.
The Open Society organization was founded by George Soros who continues to act as chairman. The Baltimore-based version goes under the name of the Open Society Institute of Baltimore, with similar groups throughout the country.
The city has suffered from dwindling population numbers over the last several decades, and local government has sought to bring in new arrivals by attracting illegal immigrants. “[W]e know that immigrants attract other immigrants,” said Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, who runs a city department for immigrant outreach. “Friends and family tell other people that they were able to have a home here. So that’s why it’s so important to be able to retain those networks, because they themselves become a tool to attract additional immigrants.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Rodriguez-Lima’s efforts have run smack up against the Trump administration’s robust enforcement of federal immigration laws. Immigration related arrests have increased 40 percent since President Donald Trump took office in January — ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations reports the agency averages over 400 immigration arrests per day. To this end, she hopes the legal defense fund will mitigate concerns illegal immigrants have about new federal policy.
Immigration cases are civil, not criminal, proceedings. Therefore, many immigrants are not entitled to a public defender, and must use their own resources to mount a defense.
While Baltimore may hope to boost their tax revenue with the extra numbers, it’s certainly questionable whether illegal immigrants are the right people to provide the city with the tax finance it needs.