BEXAR COUNTY MUST INVEST IN AN IMMIGRANT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND NOW!

Sign this email campaign to urge Bexar County Commissioners to invest $2 million in a county-wide immigrant legal defense fund that will provide legal representation to detained and non-detained immigrant families, individuals, and community members facing deportation in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Why do we need an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund?

  • San Antonio is home to more than 278,700 immigrants, including 175,000 immigrants who are noncitizens and therefore at risk of deportation.
  • In Bexar County, there are over 6,880 detained and non-detained immigrants currently without access to legal representation in the San Antonio area.
  • People facing deportation in the San Antonio area are over eight times more likely to achieve a positive outcome if they have a lawyer.
  • At the Pearsall Immigration Court, which hears the cases of many detained San Antonio and Bexar County residents, 63 percent have gone unrepresented over the last five years. 
  • Deportations have caused an increase of chronic public health ailments in the wider community including trauma, depression, and anxiety. For children, these effects are particularly devastating and can be life-long. Over 250,000 children have at least one undocumented parent, placing them at high risk of family separation.
  • COVID-19 makes it even more urgent to provide lawyers for people in ICE detention, who are at high risk of contracting the fatal virus. As of September 21, 2021, a total of 1,027 people detained at the South Texas Detention Center (Pearsall, TX) have been confirmed to have COVID-19 at some point during the pandemic.
  • To cover the vast need of SA and Bexar County residents facing deportation, it would cost over $46 million. We are asking for only a fraction of this amount to help our immigrant neighbors fight for the right to remain with their families.