The San Francisco public defender’s office will begin representing detained immigrants facing deportation, after Mayor Ed Lee said he would approve four new positions dedicated to that purpose.
Lee said Friday that he would immediately sign off on three new immigration attorneys and one paralegal for Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office. The mayor’s approval is necessary when a city department hires more employees than are included in its budget.
The deal among Adachi, Lee and the Board of Supervisors brings to a close months of negotiations over whether the public defender’s office should represent detained immigrants and, if so, to what degree.
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