Article published by “CrooksandLiars”.
By Susie Madrak
So that’s the Texas miracle: Pass the buck to the federal government, and then attack the federal government for spending too much money!
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs incurred detaining illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry criticized the federal government hasn’t been doing enough to secure the border with Mexico, thereby allowing illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including prisons and jails. It’s a claim the Republican governor has made many times before.
The letter was dated Aug. 10, three days before Perry formally announced he is running for president.
Reached after-hours Friday by phone, DHS spokesman Matthew Chandler said he wasn’t in position to comment and said he could not confirm that the DHS had even received the letter.
Perry has been criticized by some fellow conservatives as being too lenient on illegal immigration issues. Unlike fellow GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, Perry does not think the U.S. should build a wall spanning the entire Mexican border. Perry also has supported discounted tuition rates for the children of illegal immigrants at Texas universities, and he has said Arizona’s tough-on-immigration law wouldn’t be right for Texas.
In his two-page letter to Napolitano, Perry described the formula he used to determine the costs, including $94.4 million to cover the costs incurred by county jails.
This won’t be very popular, I may even be ostricized from the liberal/progressive community. I do not beleive in giving illegals rights or benefits they are taking,actually stealing since they have perpetrated a criminal act to be here. This is The one thing I must, in good concience, part ways with the majority of liberals. Illegals are just that, ILLEGALS. OK, so we are a country made up entirely of immigrants, but our ancestors came here legally, they did not break in, sneak in under the cover of darkness. When our ancestors came here they were given papers of citizenship almost immediately. Times are much different now, the country is overcrowded, and the economy is in the toilet. Federal, state, and local budgets are in shambles. We can not, and should not be over-extending our resources to house, educate and give medical care to those who have no birth-right to such services and have not yet earned them. To me, it is absurd and obscene. We should feed them and give temporary shelter for 48-72 hrs untill we can ship them back to where they came. So I’m sure this will be the only point I will ever agree with rick perry on. Also by sending that bill, he made the clear point that government has not performed their duty of protecting our borders. -truthnreality