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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Bid fails to deport immigrant prisoners

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

California - The state has struggled for years to reduce the soaring population in its overburdened prisons, but a proposal that could have forced as many as 20,000 inmates who are illegal immigrants to serve their sentences in their home countries has faltered over concerns it would be viewed as anti-immigrant.
We must tiptoe around individuals that broke our laws by entering the country illegally, then were convicted of breaking one or more of our other laws. Um,...this makes sense...? What are we coming to? Who represents us????????????????

This has come up in previous years but failed due to one party or the other not agreeing to it.

This year according to the paper:
Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Whittier, an Hispanic and a strong supporter of immigrant rights, said she believed that the overpopulation problems in the state prisons were too pressing to ignore the idea.

the current political atmosphere, in which many people are resisting a potential crackdown on undocumented immigrants by Congress, made it hard to get support.
Hard to get support from other politicians, not the American public, is my guess.

According to Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who will likely reintroduce the bill later:
"You know what could alter this?" he asked. "A crisis in the prisons. I'm afraid to say it, but with the situation in the prisons, it's not if, it's when."
It is unfortunate that issues and their ramifications must balloon and explode before politicians can get any backbone to do anything about it.

Here are some statistics cited in the article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Inmates by country

The countries of origin for the largest groups of inmates in California prisons who are in the country illegally or suspected of being in the country illegally:

Mexico: 15,396 inmates

El Salvador: 1,075 inmates

Vietnam: 743 inmates

Guatemala: 464 inmates

Cuba: 361 inmates

Honduras: 276 inmates

Russia: 136 inmates

Read the complete article here at the San Francisco Chronicle

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