Skip to comments.Bush Speech Ignores Criminal Aliens
Posted on 05/16/2006 6:08:35 AM PDT by FerdieMurphy
During President George W. Bush's televised speech on the issue of illegal immigration, not once did he mention the hordes of criminals entering the United States and preying upon American citizens.
How often we hear the news media lamenting the fact that the US incarcerates more and more convicts each year. Want to reduce the incarceration rate? Then reduce criminals to enter the country illegally or enter legally but remain here illegally.
Some may accuse me of gross hyperbole when I say that the government of Mexico uses the US as their penal system, but truth be told, tens of thousands of criminal aliens who come into the US are from Mexico and our federal and state prisons, and local jails warehouse these lawbreakers at the expense of US taxpayers. Not only that, but the US provides an abundance of crime victims for these killers, robbers, rapists and child molesters.
When the United States incarcerates criminal aliens--noncitizens convicted of crimes while in this country legally or illegally--in federal and state prisons and local jails, the federal government bears much of the costs. It pays to incarcerate criminal aliens in federal prisons and reimburses state and local governments for a portion of their costs of incarcerating some, but not all, criminal aliens illegally in the country through the Department of Justice's State Criminal Alien Assistance Program managed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Some state and local governments have expressed concerns about the impact that criminal aliens have on already overcrowded prisons and jails and that the federal government reimburses them for only a portion of their costs of incarcerating criminal aliens. Congress requested that the General Accounting Office provide information concerning criminal aliens incarcerated at the federal, state, and local level. For the criminal aliens incarcerated, the state and local governments that received reimbursement through SCAAP, only received about 25 percent of the costs .
At the federal level, the number of criminal aliens incarcerated increased from about 42,000 at the end of calendar year 2001 to about 49,000 at the end of calendar year 2004--a 15 percent increase. The percentage of all federal prisoners who are criminal aliens has remained the same over the last 3 years--about 27 percent. The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated at the end of calendar year 2004 were identified as citizens of Mexico.
It is estimated the federal cost of incarcerating criminal aliens -- Bureau of Prison's cost to incarcerate criminals and reimbursements to state and local governments under SCAAP --totaled approximately $5.8 billion for calendar years 2001 through 2004. BOP's cost to incarcerate criminal aliens rose from about $950 million in 2001 to about $1.2 billion in 2004--a 14 percent increase.
Federal reimbursements for incarcerating criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails declined from $550 million in 2001 to $280 million in 2004, in a large part due to a reduction in congressional appropriations. At the state level, the 50 states received reimbursement for incarcerating about 77,000 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2002 and 47 states received reimbursement for incarcerating about 74,000 in fiscal year 2003.
For the 5 states incarcerating about 80 percent of these criminal aliens in fiscal year 2003, about 68 percent incarcerated in mid-year 2004 reported that the country of citizenship or country of birth as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Cuba. Four of these 5 states spent about $1.6 billion to incarcerate criminal aliens reimbursed through SCAAP during fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Estimates are that the federal government reimbursed these four states about 25 percent or less of the estimated cost to incarcerate these criminal aliens in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
At the local level, in fiscal year 2002, SCAAP reimbursed about 750 local governments for incarcerating about 138,000 criminal aliens. In fiscal year 2003, SCAAP reimbursed about 700 local governments for about 147,000 criminal aliens, with 5 local jail systems accounting for about 30 percent of these criminal aliens. The 147,000 criminal aliens incarcerated during fiscal year 2003 spent a total of about 8.5 million days in jail. Mexico leads as the country of birth for foreign-born arrestees at these 5 local jails in fiscal year 2003.
It's estimated that 4 of these 5 local jails spent $390 million in fiscal years 2002 and 2003 to incarcerate criminal aliens and were reimbursed about $73 million through SCAAP. It's believed that the federal government reimbursed these localities about 25 percent or less of the criminal alien incarceration cost in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
(Sources: US Justice Department, US Bureau of Prisons, General Accounting Office, American Federation of Police, National Association of Chiefs of Police)
Makes sense to most of us.
...the government of Mexico uses the US as their penal system...
Fox learned well from Castro's example.
Oh fer cryin out loud... he also didn't praise the "worshipped" (in FR) Border Minutemen. Why not pick that point apart?
Thanks for the heads up!
Excatly. The cynicism and criticism is getting a "lot" over the top...and every God forsaken thread is becoming one on immigration.
A 'Wall' ASAP.
and yet you are here.....
Wow, not everyone has their own pet trolls!
Yup. As we have seen over and over with liberals...some people ALWAYS overplay their hand. In fact, it's become a distinguishing characteristic of advanced Moonbatism and Bush Derangement Syndrome.
like a train wreck, shimmer...like a train wreck.
Looks more like a Shimmer.
Right. Apparently there is only one issue any more - illegal immigration. It was not the most important issue in 1978, 1985, 1994, 1997 or 2003 but it's suddenly the only thing we should focus on. Bush doubles the guards at the border and yet some cynics say he's "doing nothing".
During CA's Prop 187, and after the Democrat Judge overturned the will of California voters..
There was a curious rift in the Prop 187 (pro) movement. Some were for a comprehensive approach, and another, wanted to see all Mexicans deported. Now hold on. They said they wished to see all "illegal" Mexicans deported.
That's not true. That's not what they were really "for".
And since those days, the latter group has increased in volume. The adherents to this strident philosophy can rationalize all they want (and they do) about what they think they are doing.
But the latter group has been taken over by those with an agenda which some would find quite shocking, IMHO.
Such stridency does not resonate well with the American Population. And this latter group has been sounding more like the feminists, homosexualists, and racists -- same one-note charlies.
So, I would hazard to suggest here, that what these so-called immigration reformists are actually supporting is a backlash. In that Americans will decide FOR something like President Bush's proposal. They will not decide FOR the strident one-note charlies.
I've often asked myself if the "leaders" of the one-note Charlies aren't instead actually FOR open borders.
During Prop 187, there was a curious group (FAIR) who were angling for exactly this position. It seems some who came out of the 187 core, have cottoned to FAIR.
I still have a PRESS RELEASE. CA Republicans made moves to address the MOTOR VOTER fraud. CA Democrats slapped it down handily. Where was this "group" then? Very, very silent. And calling Republicans "spineless". Ad nauseum blather.
I think there are some very fine and decent people caught up in the "strident, one-note Charlie" movement, and haven't a clue as to how it will all assuredly play out. I think these people realize how bad the illegal situation is on so many levels. But I do not think they comprehend a whole lot beyond that.
Illegals are far more likely to be the dregs of society than those who earn their way honorably and play by the rules.
lol! I have faith in your abilities to find an article and post in FR on exactly that point.
He mentioned crime and criminals four times.
Unfortunately for some "conservatives" rational thought on this issue has eluded them...and now some have a nagging form of turetz syndrome. "Border Wall...ackkkk Border Wall...ackkkk Border Wall..."
Nothing short of Bush building a 5000 mile, 1000 foot high, gun turreted, mined perimeter, electrified razor wire, rabid nutra rat protected, wall will do for some...perhaps, instead of Tehran...we should just nuke Mexico City, since, hey, we've got a "hostile" invasion from South of the Border anyway.../sarcasm
From the President's last night address - Paragraph #6:
"Our objective is straightforward: The border should be open to trade and lawful immigration - and shut to illegal immigrants, as well as criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists."
And cut the budget too.
Next time, listen to the speech first. Otherwise you'll be the Bravo Sierra Times.
(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")
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