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Miami Herald: Naked Politics:

"Miami billionaire Fernandez plans political fund to defend unauthorized immigrants"

@PatriciaMazzei
To counter the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation policy, a billionaire Miami healthcare mogul plans to spend the next couple of years raising — and spending — serious cash to defend unauthorized immigrants in court.
Mike Fernandez, a Republican-turned-independent political megadonor from Coral Gables, intends to create a nonprofit political organization in coming days to aid existing groups that provide legal services to unauthorized immigrants facing removal from the U.S.
“Immigrants are key to the fiber and the economic survival of our country,” Fernandez said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “We are hard workers. We clean rooms. We herd cattle. We pick fruits. We care for the elderly. If we were not doing it, nobody would be doing it.”
Over the next two years, Fernandez hopes to raise at least $5 million for his bipartisan Immigration Partnership and Coalition (IMPAC) Fund. Even if he doesn’t, Fernandez said he intends to spend the money from his own pocket to assist agencies like Catholic Legal Services and the Miami-based Americans for Immigrant Justice.
The assistance will go to defend only non-felons, according to Fernandez. (Unlawfully crossing the border or overstaying a U.S. visa is a civil infraction.) Some of the money will also be used to educate immigrants of their rights, help them apply for residency or citizenship, and raise public awareness of what immigrants do for the economy, he added. 
“It’s education,” Fernandez said. “It is also letting the federal government know that citizens are upset about it, and that they will have to fight us.”
Under Trump, the Department of Homeland Security expanded the categories of unauthorized immigrants prioritized for deportation, reversing the Obama administration’s most recent position.

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Photo credit: Carl Juste, Miami Herald staff
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