A new liberal nonprofit with the purpose to assist illegal immigrants fight deportation has been given $41 million by the Biden administration, reporting by Fox News revealed.
The nonprofit — The Acacia Center for Justice, based in Washington, D.C. — was given six contracts by the Department of Justice to conduct “legal services” from September 1, records reveal.
The Acacia Center for Justice (Acacia) contracts began just over a month after the nonprofit received a letter of determination from the IRS on July 29, 2022, which states December 29, 2021, was the group’s effective date of tax exemption.
Acacia — which was born out of a partnership between the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) and the Vera Institute of Justice — is set to expand Vera’s work “providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation,” according to Acacia’s website.
The website also states that the nonprofit’s “goals are two-fold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom.”
The nonprofit explains that it “will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.”
The contract is an indirect expansion of the Vera Institution’s $171 million government contract awarded in March. The organization was given the contract to help the unaccompanied avoid being deported.
Most of The Vera Institutes’ income comes through taxpayer-backed government grants, according to records that showed of the $191 million the group made between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, $152 million was generated through government sources.
News about the nonprofits’ contract comes as Southern border encounters reached 203,598.