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March Mellow



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PostSubject: States, communities could lose funding to jail illegal criminals   Thu May 07, 2009 8:25 pm

Budget asks Congress to end payments to states, communities for jailing criminal immigrants
SUZANNE GAMBOA

Associated Press Writer

4:50 PM CDT, May 7, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress quickly denounced an Obama administration plan to end federal payments to states and communities for jailing illegal immigrants.

President Barack Obama asked Congress in his budget Thursday to end the State Alien Criminal Assistance Program. Instead, the $400 million it received for the 2009 fiscal year could be used for border security and immigration enforcement, the administration said.

The SCAAP program reimburses states and counties for jailers' salaries for holding illegal immigrants who have at least one felony and two misdemeanor convictions. But the Obama administration says the reimbursements also can be used for bonuses, consultants and buying vehicles.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said killing the program "deprives communities of critical funding for public safety services." The California state corrections received more than $118 million in 2008 through the program.

"We cannot afford to let our public safety services crumble under the weight of our immigration policies, especially during this time of economic uncertainty," Feinstein said.

State and local officials vehemently protested several attempts by former President George W. Bush to end the program. Congress regularly funded the program. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was among state officials — when she was Arizona's governor — who petitioned Bush to continue paying the jailing costs. Arizona state corrections received $12.8 million in reimbursements last year.

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On the Net: SCAAP: http://www.ojp.gov/BJA/grant/scaap.html

www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-budget-immigration,0,4870870.story
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PostSubject: Re: States, communities could lose funding to jail illegal criminals   Fri May 08, 2009 4:15 pm

That is surprising that Congress denounces anything that Obama wants! I actually would like this idea if the money was truely used for border security and immigration enforcement.

The article is a little confusing though because in one sentence it says this: Instead, the $400 million it received for the 2009 fiscal year could be used for border security and immigration enforcement, the administration said.

And in another paragraph it says this: But the Obama administration says the reimbursements also can be used for bonuses, consultants and buying vehicles.


So would the guards jobs will be revamped and instead of salaries they get bonuses and a new car along with training? Razz

I wonder what specific critical funding does for public safety services? Like a person with one felony and 2 misdemeanors is not a mass murderer, right? "deprives communities of critical funding for public safety services." The California state corrections received more than $118 million in 2008 through the program." Isn't that a lot of money for publice safety services huh?


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PostSubject: Re: States, communities could lose funding to jail illegal criminals   Fri May 08, 2009 4:35 pm

It does sound a lot like scrambled eggs!
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