Boston Millionaire Bails Out Immigrants

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A Boston millionaire has started a national fund to bail out immigrants detained in immigration raids.

WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness has details.

TONESS: Bob Hildreth helped free 40 undocumented immigrants detained by federal agents at the Michael Bianco Incorporated factory in New Bedford last year. Now, to help other immigrants, he set up the revolving Immigrant Bond Fund, to bail out immigrants detained in raids anywhere in the country. Hildreth says it's unfair that immigrants facing deportation don't receive the same due process as people in civil or criminal court.

HILDRETH: For citizens and non citizens, this is just a question of justice.

TONESS: Hildreth, who is also a major donor to WBUR, is president of International Bank Funds. Since last year, he's spent more than $150,000 helping immigrants get out of detention.

This program aired on July 16, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.