March 9, 2021
By Andrew Kerr
A taxpayer-funded legal counsel in Philadelphia whose job is to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation has consulted defendants charged with rape of a child, murder, and other violent crimes, according to records obtained by the conservative Immigration Reform Law Institute.
Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner appointed former immigration attorney Caleb Arnold to the new position of Immigration Counsel in early 2018 shortly after he took office. Krasner initially said Arnold would work to achieve immigration-neutral outcomes, which in practice means evaluating and modifying charges against illegal immigrants to ensure their conviction won’t result in their deportation.
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