The $ 500,000 fund, set up by Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, will help illegal immigrants in the area apply for asylum and will provide representation for those living in the city legally to obtain permanent US citizenship.
Ms Bowser said that the scheme, which was announced on Monday, would help represent the District’s estimated 25,000 illegal immigrants who are faced with deportation.
But this enraged Judge Jeanine Pirro, who hosts a courtroom reality show, for claimed that the taxpayer funded scheme would be better used to fund “Americans here legally”.
Speaking on Fox News, Judge Jeanine blasted: “There’s a Democratic mayor in DC who is running what she calls a ‘sanctuary city’.
The television presenter hit out at a fund being set up to help illegal immigrants claim asylum
What have we got to say to the Americans who are here legally?
“Now, we know there are a lot of them in this country. But she’s doubling down like a lot of the Democrat mayors are and that means she is putting money into these cities to make sure illegal immigrants are not deported.
She is putting $ 500,000 into funds, so that lawyers can be hired to represent illegals in the event Donald Trump makes a decision to deport them – and we know that is what he’s going to do.”
The television presenter, commenting on homelessness crisis in the city, added: “That is the very issue that is at the core here.
“If we’re going to use taxpayers’ dollars to prioritise and represent those people who have made the decision come here illegally, then what have we got to say to the Americans who are here legally?”
Washington DC mayor Muriel E. Bowser has set aside $ 500,000 of taxpayers’ money for the fund
A report released by the US Conference of Mayors found that Washington DC has 124 homeless people for every 10,000 residents in the general population.
It also shows the city, home to the White House, had one of the highest increases in homelessness between 2009 and 2016, with a 34 per cent gain.
Judge Jeanine then demanded that the money to diverted to a fund to help American vets who have found themselves homeless after fighting for their country.
She continued: “We’ve got American vets – who are fighting for us – not being taken care of, while the illegals are being taken care of with our money. It’s an outrage!”
During his campaign to win the White House, President-elect Trump made immigration one of his top priorities. He received rousing responses each time he vowed to deport people who are in the country illegally.
That position has softened after he beat off competition from Hillary Clinton, after which he claimed he would start with those with criminal records.
But, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, moved to widen the gap between Republicans and Mr Trump after he told an undocumented immigrant that he doesn’t want to deport her during a televised debate on Thursday.
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Mr Ryan was asked point-blank by a woman whose parents brought her to the US as an illegal immigrant at age 11, and who has remained in the country for 21 years since: “Do you think that I should be deported?”
The House Speaker said lawmakers are talking with Mr Trump’s transition team about those immigrants – and said the President-elect’s focus is on violent criminals and building a wall on the US-Mexico border.
“That’s the problem he wants to focus on. This is not the focus. And so what we have to do is find a way to ensure the you can get right with the law,” he added, “We have to figure out how to fix this, but to do that, people need to have confidence that our laws are being followed, people know who’s coming and going and we need to have a secure border.”