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Santa Clara County Public Defender Hires Immigration-Law Specialist

San Jose Mercury News, October 25, 2014

Santa Clara County Public Defender Hires Immigration-Law Specialist

However, proponents contend that hiring [Beth] Chance will save taxpayers money in the long run by keeping families intact rather than splitting them up through deportation, which can drive up social and economic costs such as foster care and welfare. They also say it will protect the county from potentially expensive lawsuits claiming inadequate legal representation in violation of the Supreme Court ruling. And a recent study by the New York City Bar Association found that detaining fewer immigrants in lockups would save millions, offsetting the cost of providing legal representation.

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