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SF Public Defender Running for DA Calls for Unit to Protect Immigrants from Deportation



A San Francisco deputy public defender says he would create a unit to help prevent undocumented immigrants charged with crimes from being deported if elected as district attorney in November.

The Immigration Unit proposed by candidate Chesa Boudin would work to assure that defendants are not offered plea deals that have unintended consequences on their immigration status.

“This isn’t about trying to privilege immigrants,” Boudin said. “It’s about helping to protect our immigrant communities from being punished by the federal government for something that we’ve already punished them for.”

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