The State of California will spend $1 billion in 2010 to jail illegal aliens, and there's little the state can do since the federal government is responsible for securing the nation's borders. The state will receive $90 million in reimbursement from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, but Pres. Obama is cutting the program's budget.
"The federal government reimburses us literally pennies on the dollar what it costs us," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mark McCorkle said in an article in the Los Angeles Times.
California houses approximately 19,000 illegal aliens in its state prisons. Facing a major budget crisis, state officials are asking the House Appropriations Committee for more funding.
"Because SCAAP reimburses previously incurred undocumented criminal alien incarceration costs, every dollar of incarceration costs not reimbursed by SCAAP adds a dollar to state and local budget shortfalls that must be offset by reductions in other essential services," L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca wrote to the Committee.
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