California Leads the Nation in Imprisoning Criminal Immigrants

Categories: Immigration
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10 percent of California's inmates are non-citizens.
It's not a winning spot to brag about, but the Golden State is No.1 when it comes to incarcerating criminal immigrants. In fact, California is the only state to break the 100,000 mark.

What's worse: The state is shouldering the majority of the cost to keep them in prison. 

The statistics were gleaned from the Government Accountability Office's report, which analyzes the cost of incarcerating criminal aliens. The report was drawn up for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.)

Before we go on, let's be clear: "criminal aliens" is a term of art used by the Department of Homeland Security, meaning the person is not a U.S. citizen. But the term refers to both noncitizens who are here legally with a green card as well as illegal immigrants.

Here's one fact that might surprise you: Arrests of noncitizens are increasing under President Barack Obama's watch. From 2007 to 2010, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ramped up its enforcement, arrests, and deportation of illegal immigrants -- and it shows. Arrests increased 85 percent, removal proceedings increased by 71 percent, and deportations ordered increased sevenfold -- from 9,000 in 2007 to 79,000 in 2010.

The feds shoulder 100 percent of the costs to incarcerate aliens in federal prisons. But they also partially reimburse state and local prisons for incarcerating eligible noncitizens through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). To be eligible, the criminal aliens must be incarcerated for at least four consecutive days, and have had at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of local or state law. Furthermore, they have to have entered the country illegally, been in deportation proceedings at the time of incarceration, or failed to comply with the conditions of their immigration status.

"Therefore, SCAAP is not intended to reimburse state and local governments for all of the costs associated with incarcerating all criminal aliens," the report's authors write in a letter to the two politicians.

We'll say.

In California, criminal aliens comprise roughly 10 percent of the total number of days in which inmates are incarcerated -- costing $1.1 billion annually. Yet it receives very little reimbursement from the feds when it comes to housing alien inmates. In fiscal year 2009, California spent the most of all five states listed in the report to incarcerate an alien inmate for the year --  $34,500. Yet the feds only repaid $2,775 of that.

So doing some quick math: In fiscal year 2009, while California spent a total of $298 million incarcerating illegal aliens who were eligible for federal reimbursement, the feds pitched in only $88 million.

And you can guess who is paying the balance -- taxpayers.

Here's the graph to illustrate that. California is second from the left. The aqua bar is what the state is spending on inmates who are eligible for federal funds, and the royal blue bar shows what the feds are actually paying.

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Some facts on the inmate population: In the random sample of 1,000 criminal aliens nationwide showed, on average, they had seven arrests and were charged with 12 offenses. In California, about half of all of them were convicted of drug crimes, assault, or sex offenses.

Here's the breakdown:

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Out of all the incarcerated criminal aliens nationwide, the vast majority -- or 68 percent -- are from Mexico, followed by Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

All graphs by Government Accountability Office

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If sending them back is not an option (cost or questionable legal status) then have them work, work to repay their debt and whatever extra they work be as compensation for being here illegally. Then once they "earned" enough, kick them out of here.

mydreamsofhonor
mydreamsofhonor

Please call congress ask for E-Verify to be use on all employed in America by any employer! Make it easy to do! Free for everybody! So Even a regular mom or pop can do it! Then give six mo. for any employer to check and verify his employees and train replacements. Then in the same time you give any illegal immigrates the same time to get his family back to their countries and sign up with their employer for a chance at that job if it can't be filled! Have all jail check and verify for any illegal immigrates.Then make agreement with countries to deport and pay any countries that we deport criminal in our jails, to keep them in jail for their conviction time for crimes committed here! It is cheapest way to do and the fairest to the victims here to know they can't be hurt again! Remember we are in a time of budgets cuts,failing infrastructure and doubling our population in as little as 10 to 20 years! In the same time frame we will go from using 75% of goods produce in the world to 52%! And not because we want to! You do the math see what you come up with? Less money to help more people! Twice as many, most with little or no education working for any thing mostly minimum wage! Yes jobs they may have, but not enough to pay for the serves they will need to live on or away to retire on? This just to end up cut benefits even more than you are talking about doing now! To balance the budget? How do you come up with this grow our way out of this? States going broke ! California is an perfect picture of what will happen! It is BROKE and falling apart! If Illegal immigration was the answer California if any state should have a surplus in it budget with a infrastructure of the future! But you see that is not the case is it?

malibu1369
malibu1369

There are hundreds of thousands of California "American Citizens" who are under educated and rely on either preying on others or state assistance because they don't want to do the "minimum wage" work that illegal aliens come into the state to accomplish, work that we desperately need to keep our economy going. This is a two edged sword, a story with two sides.

Note that this headline is blatantly incorrect. The prison population in California does NOT contain 100,000 illegal aliens. The 100,000 snapshot number was the total in jails and in prison. Less than 10% of inmates under the CDCR control are illegal aliens. This seemingly high number isn't at all surprising when you realize that the majority of the prison population consists of non-violent offenders who lack the of money to hire their own attorneys

This state is NOT going broke because of illegal immigration or entitlements, it is going broke because of incredible stupidity in the past when making deals with public sector pensions; because we incarcerate so many for so little; and because we don't invest in prevention (education and community) because the same people who don't have a clue as to our state's problems scream "socialism" when appropriate solutions are brought up by the great minds our state has educated in the universities we fund (albeit poorly).

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE NOT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Since the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act, who has ever been in power has lied to the US people? Just enough laws have been passed, to make it seem that President Obama, George Bush back to Ronald Reagan, has promised to secure fully the border, to enforce immigration laws, but truthfully nothing serious as ever been done? All the laws enacted, were made to be broken, underfunded still leaving access to cheap labor for Republicans and more votes for liberals and Democrats; legal or illegal. E-Verify was nearly killed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and the true 2006 Secure Fence Act, less than a 6 months later Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn pushed for "flexibility to choose other options instead of fencing, if needed." Politicians adamantly vowed to keep America safe. The law specifically called for "at least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, topped with concertina barbed razor wire with the installation of additional physical barriers, patrol roads, lighting, cameras and sensors" at five exact regions of border totaling approximately 700 miles.

Six months after passage of the Secure Fence Act, the border fence initially planned to be 700 miles, had shrunk to around 370 miles. The so-called Border fence shows utter incompetence or very strong reluctance to keep the border—CLOSED—no matter the consequences to the people? The illegal alien invasion could be cut to a trickle, by constructing the double layer border fences as originally commissioned. Then adding 5000 military of either National Guardsman or US Army along the along the fence perimeter, saving billions of dollars in the interior of America.

RINO SENATOR'S HUTCHISON, CORYN AND OTHER PRO ILLEGAL ALIEN LIARS HAD DESIGNS TO GUT, UNDER FUND THE SECURE FENCE ACT BEFORE IT EVEN PASSED!! IT WAS ALL A PROVEN LIE TO PLACATE VOTERS BEFORE THE 2006 MID TERM ELECTIONS. THE BORDER FENCE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIES PLAYED UPON THE GULLIBLE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Nothing has changed, just the majority of the people overseeing the border. But we have a choice now. The usual Rino's and the Arch Liberals, hiding beneath the cloak of Democrats, are not fully in charge anymore. It's impossible to count the millions of Americans who have turned to the National and local TEA PARTY, hoping to save America from the greed and political power brokers. The criminals are still crossing the border, where there are hundreds of miles of no fence. Open areas of land, where the US Border Patrol are not allowed to enter, without permission from the US government. Packing AK 47, ordinary illegal peons are forced a gunpoint to carry drugs for the Cartels, or are engineering new routes for illegal immigrants to enter our country. Even some of the regions inside America are prohibited land, because of the dangers of confrontation with criminal aliens.

The interior of our nation has become an infestation of foreign nationals, stealing jobs, stealing education from our own children, stealing Medicaid from our own impoverished people. They are stealing hundreds of billions of dollars annually in public entitlements, in unemployment benefits in some states, in workers compensation. They come here ready to conceive their foothold babies, so they can take advantage of citizen subsidies. They cross the border or fly in to take advantage of our mandated health care system. Then we wonder while our national debt of 14.5 trillion dollars is still mounting? Continually--each day we hear of illegal aliens drunk, mowing down pedestrians, homicides, kidnappings, home invasions, assaults, child molestations and other heinous criminal acts. Our jails and prisons are overflowing, because the Dems and Republicans are refusing to seal the border tight and therefore they are to blame for the daily acts of terror happening across America.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES, IF THEY BELIEVE IN THE SHADOW ADMINISTRATION IN THE US GOVERNMENT, THE LIBERALS PROGRESSIVES AND EXTREMISTS IN ACADEMIA OR THE GROWING MOVEMENT OF THE NATIONAL TEA PARTY AND HUNDREDS OF GRASS ROOT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE PRO-SOVEREIGNTY AND THE ENFORCEMENT TO THE "RULE OF LAW."

We need a uniform plan to hire the highest skilled, that are not available in this nation’s workforce. These will be skilled newcomers who will not fall upon the US taxpayer, to pay their way. With the terrible gloomy picture of a 14 Trillion deficit bearing down on US taxpayers, with an unceasing movement of economic illegal aliens slipping past our borders, we are in a very poor State of affairs. Foothold families with 14th Amendment citizenship for their children are one of the most expenditure befalling this nation. No real dollar numbers really exist, except for the statement of Los Angeles City manager, Michael Antonovich “Illegal immigration continues to have a catastrophic impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,”. “The total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.” Any form of Amnesty in no matter what form it comes in, is an automatic magnet for the indigent of foreign countries and this must desist. The TEA PARTY will oppose or rescind any laws, contrary to the "Rule of Law", which includes Volume Immigration reform, Sanctuary states, Dream Acts and Chain Migration. ITS EASY TO FIND THE NEAREST TEA PARTY WERE YOU RESIDE BY GOING TO www.freedomconnector.org/

STATES THAT PANDER TO THE ILLEGAL ALIEN OCCUPATION WILL LEARN THE HARD WAY; JUST AS THE STATES OF CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAVE BEEN BRANDED SANCTUARIES. UTAH WILL BE THE THIRD STATE TO GET THIS UNSAVORY LABEL IN THE SOUTHWEST, IF THE DOJ ERIC HOLDER’S IN WASHINGTON REMAIN IN A STARK SILENCE TO UTAH ENACTING AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM.

Under Obama's presidency and his Leftist henchman or the upper echelon of Republican leadership, the push for mass amnesty will continue. Every American who sees this as a threat to over population, absolute insane expenditures, overcrowded schools, health care any number of major problems foreseen in our future should join the TEA PARTY. The TEA PARTY numbers now are in the tens of millions and still climbing. People are seeing this political party as the only possible release from the grip of the Liberals and Rino's. Its truthful challenge is Limited Federal Government, Our Individual Freedoms, Our Personal Responsibility, Markets that are free, but fair and Returning Political Power to the States and the People.

Attn: Whether in fact billionaire Donald Trump is running, he is bring up some major points of interest to the American people, that other candidates stay clear off? Trump is a bit of an egotist, but he loves his country and owes no favors to lobbyists or criminal money brokers. That if this country, has more oil and natural gas than anywhere on Mother Earth, why are we paying $4.00 or perhaps $6.00 dollars in our near future. Oil--we aided Saudi Arabia when Iraq attacked the country during the GULF WAR--what do we have to show for it, dead girl and boy GI's, and now they are disrupting America, but cutting back on supplies. Drill in Anwar Alaska, The Gulf and wherever it is available. To--HXXX with the environmentalists! Why are we subservient to the environmentalists, which are upset because of the partial border fence that is disrupting wild life, but concealing the hills of debris and filth left behind by decades of illegal aliens crossing onto our soil? This year from our growing massive deficit, we owe China $300 billion dollars in just interest, when once they were the lender? This country must close of the purse to the Lefts Obama administration, no matter how painful as we are currently carrying the financial burden of foreign governments and their people.

NAFTA and CAFTA have been poorly negotiated, just as if our trade representatives instead of working for America were secretly in the employ of China, Mexico, and India and others. Currently we are cutting our own throat by buying cheap inferior products and killing our own industries. Thousands of American companies have moved across the border or abroad and we are buying the tax free goods, with no penalties. In many cases our government has given American firms incentives to move overseas, while companies around the country have closed down, with the loss of millions of jobs. Have you even noticed, it’s almost impossible to buy something Made in the USA? Listen to Donald Trump, because out of the bunch of potential candidates, he is the only one that is telling us the raw truth.

DelawareBob
DelawareBob

For God's sake, get these illegal aliens DEPORTED!

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