There is no doubt the illegal alien lobby will scream bloody murder over this, but due to the fact California is about to collapse and default, Governor Schwartzenagger is considering the obvious, instead of paying for illegal immigrants who are sitting in California's prisons costing the state money, how about handing them back and let that country be responsible for their own citizens?
What a concept and he's not releasing the violent felons either.
With California slipping into a financial sinkhole, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to save more than $180 million by cutting short the sentences of thousands of immigrants in the state's prisons and turning them over to federal authorities for deportation.
The idea faces certain hurdles — for one thing, commuting some sentences will require court approval — and immigration authorities warn that a mass release of inmates from California and other states could swamp the federal system, which is already at capacity.
But Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Lisa Page said: "Every dollar not spent to house an undocumented immigrant inmate is a dollar that can be spent on health care services and education and other important programs to Californians. These inmates are the federal government's responsibility and California taxpayers shouldn't be paying the bill."
In recent years, other states have struck agreements with federal authorities to deport some inmates before their sentences were up, but those releases were done on a much smaller scale than what California is proposing.
The state's plan would involve as many as 19,000 inmates. Those among them who committed sex offenses or violent crimes would not be eligible for early release, Page said Friday.
Nearly 65,000 immigrants — most of them in the U.S. illegally — are serving time in the U.S. for state crimes.
$180 Million. The budget shortfall is $20 Billion. But maybe this is the first step to get California to realize the costs of sanctuary and open border policies. Sure no person is illegal, but there ain't no free lunch either (except in many cities and states currently).
Some details on the costs and more importantly the magnets which encourage illegal immigration into California.