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San Francisco leader wants to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on lawyers for illegal immigrants

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A San Francisco leader wants the city to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on lawyers to represent illegal immigrants who find themselves at risk of being deported.

That's according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported earlier this month that city Supervisor David Campos is asking for up to $5 million for legal representation for those in the U.S. illegally. A number of cities across the country, including San Francisco, have said they will do whatever it takes to let illegal immigrants stay in light of President-elect Donald Trump's hardline immigration stance.

Campos' plan would appropriate $2.6 million to hire 10 lawyers, five paralegals and two legal clerks to help represent detained illegal immigrants facing the possibility of deportation. Another $2 million would be spent on 13 attorneys and six education and outreach staffers to represent illegal immigrants who are not detained. An additional $400,000 would create a hotline for emergencies stemming from immigration raids at the workplaces and homes of illegal immigrants.

A spokeswoman for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the mayor would review Campos' bill, but it was later reported that he was crafting a similar bill of his own. Currently, there are at least 44,000 illegal immigrants living in San Francisco, which declared sanctuary status in 1989.

The Chronicle reported that Campos hoped there would be a vote on the bill before a new Board of Supervisors assumes office in January. The City of San Francisco did not immediately respond to TheBlaze when asked if a vote has been scheduled.

(H/T: Fox News)

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