Obama To End Funding To States For Incarcerated Illegal Aliens

According to his proposed budget that is.

Immigration into this country falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government but it’s the states that are saddled with most of the criminal costs and expense of feeding, housing, providing medical care and schooling those that enter the U.S. illegally.

In return for the massive expenditures the state taxpayers are forced to pay for imprisoning illegal immigrant criminals, especially in the border states of California, Arizona and Texas, any amount of reimbursement from the feds is essential in providing at least some financial relief.

Unfortunately that reimbursement runs only about 12 cents on the dollar in California which spends nearly a billion dollars a year on incarcerated illegal immigrants.

So if states such as California wind up losing even this meager amount what is going to happen? Will cash strapped residents be forced to pay more taxes to address the growing problem? Will state government officials just throw up their hands and say to hell with it and start deporting these criminals on their own dime and just suck up the expense to save money in the long run?

Well that’s not likely to occur since these people will be right back in this country before the return flight lands.

The Hill.com reveals Obama’s game plan,

President Obama voted in the Senate to provide additional funding for a program targeted for elimination by his budget that provides states a federal subsidy to offset the costs of jailing illegal immigrants.

Killing the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAPP) would save $400 million, according to Obama’s budget for fiscal 2010 released Thursday. It’s one of the largest non-defense discretionary cuts proposed in the president’s budget.

The program is popular with border-state politicians on Capitol Hill, however, making its elimination a tough sell to lawmakers, particularly from California.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has repeatedly pushed for additional funding for the program, and lawmakers from other states that have costs associated with illegal aliens have also offered support.

A bipartisan trio of House members from California have drafted a letter urging the House Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to restore funding for the SCAAP program. The three members, Reps. Mike Honda (D), Adam Schiff (D) and Jerry Lewis, the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, are also asking the rest of the California House delegation to sign the letter, Honda’s office said.

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