<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d10121704\x26blogName\x3dconservativerebel.blogspot.com\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dBLUE\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://conservativerebel.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_US\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://conservativerebel.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d8506480323418746814', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

conservativerebel.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Bush Budget Screws Counties Into Paying for Ilegal Immigration Costs

The Tucson Citizen
By Sergio Bustos and Claudine Lomonaco

The budget, released yesterday, kills the $305 million program that helps states and counties offset the costs of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars.

Last year, Pima County received just under $750,000 from the program.

The cut adds "insult to injury, the injury being we don't get reimbursed nearly at cost," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Huckelberry estimates the county spends $8 million to $10 million housing illegal immigrants each year. The federal program covers only 10 cents for every dollar the county spends, he said.

"The federal government has completely ignored its responsibility along the border as it relates to local taxpayers," he said.

Chris Simcox, founder of the border watch group Civil Homeland Defense, says the proposed cuts are "another indication that President Bush is so out of touch with what local communities need."

In December, Bush signed an intelligence bill into law, promising to deliver 2,000 new border patrol agents per year for the next five years.

The president's budget proposal, Simcox says, provides for only 210 new agents...
Bush man, seriously, what the fuck. Illegal Immigration is one of the few things the Federal government SHOULD help fund. We've got enough money being drained from the southwest from illegals, now the funding to keep them behind bars is slashed?

In that huge budget of pork, you couldn't cut $300 million from something a little less important than a national security issue? Because that's what illegal immigration is - a national security issue. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimates that 78,000 illegal aliens from countries who are of special concern in the war on terror currently live in the United States.

Luckily, as the article points out, our REAL Senator here in Arizona, Jon Kyl (not that other John here in Arizona who does absolutely nothing about illegal immigration), is sponsoring a bill that "would pump at least $5.4 billion into the detention-assistance program, keeping it alive until 2011." As Kyl put's it, with complete intellectual simplicity, "The federal government should be reimbursing affected states for the costs of its failure to resolve what is clearly a federal issue." Well no shit!

And to rub salt in the wound, he doesn't send as many guards to the border as he promised. Why? Why do our politicians, many Republicans and virtually all Democrats, insist on refusing to take the illegal immigration situation seriously? Are they trying to get Latino voters? Do they have pressure from big business special interests to not crack down on laws and take their workers away? Are they just oblivious? Bush was the Governor of Texas, a state that shares more of the border with Mexico than any other. He really should know better.

Hopefully they can save this program. Bush, I love to agree with you man, but it's impossible to do so when you're so off base on an issue.


 
conservativerebel.blogspot.com: Bush Budget Screws Counties Into Paying for Ilegal Immigration Costs <body>

conservativerebel.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Bush Budget Screws Counties Into Paying for Ilegal Immigration Costs

The Tucson Citizen
By Sergio Bustos and Claudine Lomonaco

The budget, released yesterday, kills the $305 million program that helps states and counties offset the costs of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars.

Last year, Pima County received just under $750,000 from the program.

The cut adds "insult to injury, the injury being we don't get reimbursed nearly at cost," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Huckelberry estimates the county spends $8 million to $10 million housing illegal immigrants each year. The federal program covers only 10 cents for every dollar the county spends, he said.

"The federal government has completely ignored its responsibility along the border as it relates to local taxpayers," he said.

Chris Simcox, founder of the border watch group Civil Homeland Defense, says the proposed cuts are "another indication that President Bush is so out of touch with what local communities need."

In December, Bush signed an intelligence bill into law, promising to deliver 2,000 new border patrol agents per year for the next five years.

The president's budget proposal, Simcox says, provides for only 210 new agents...
Bush man, seriously, what the fuck. Illegal Immigration is one of the few things the Federal government SHOULD help fund. We've got enough money being drained from the southwest from illegals, now the funding to keep them behind bars is slashed?

In that huge budget of pork, you couldn't cut $300 million from something a little less important than a national security issue? Because that's what illegal immigration is - a national security issue. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimates that 78,000 illegal aliens from countries who are of special concern in the war on terror currently live in the United States.

Luckily, as the article points out, our REAL Senator here in Arizona, Jon Kyl (not that other John here in Arizona who does absolutely nothing about illegal immigration), is sponsoring a bill that "would pump at least $5.4 billion into the detention-assistance program, keeping it alive until 2011." As Kyl put's it, with complete intellectual simplicity, "The federal government should be reimbursing affected states for the costs of its failure to resolve what is clearly a federal issue." Well no shit!

And to rub salt in the wound, he doesn't send as many guards to the border as he promised. Why? Why do our politicians, many Republicans and virtually all Democrats, insist on refusing to take the illegal immigration situation seriously? Are they trying to get Latino voters? Do they have pressure from big business special interests to not crack down on laws and take their workers away? Are they just oblivious? Bush was the Governor of Texas, a state that shares more of the border with Mexico than any other. He really should know better.

Hopefully they can save this program. Bush, I love to agree with you man, but it's impossible to do so when you're so off base on an issue.