Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Complete Waste Of Money

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently announced that they are consolidating the custody of illegal aliens in Alabama with a private prison in Georgia.

ATLANTA — Hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants will be transferred to a Georgia jail to join thousands already facing deportation in this state amid a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigration, federal officials confirmed Wednesday.

By Jan. 1, the government will transfer an estimated 100 female detainees from an Alabama jail to one in Ocilla, three hours south of Atlanta, according to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's office. Some additional new female detainees will also be sent later to the privately operated Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

Aides to the Georgia Republican, who were briefed by federal immigration officials Tuesday, said some male detainees held at the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala., could also be moved to Ocilla. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking to cut costs by consolidating its detainees, officials said. More than 2,000 suspected illegal immigrants are already being held in detention centers in Atlanta, Gainesville and Lumpkin in southwest Georgia.

Federal immigration officials have also confirmed they will stop housing suspected illegal immigrants from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in the Gadsden jail.

Of course Alabama politicians are upset that they are not getting some of the sucre.

ICE's latest plans, meanwhile, have sparked an outcry in Alabama, underscoring how illegal immigration, economic development and politics have become intertwined. With about $5 million in annual federal funding and 41 county jobs at stake, Alabama congressmen have been scrambling to keep ICE's detainees in the Gadsden jail.

Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, announced Tuesday that jail will continue to hold ICE detainees at least through June 30. An aide to Aderholt said ICE officials have confirmed that inmates transferred from Gadsden to Georgia would be replaced by detainees from elsewhere.

Officials from Alabama said they were stunned when ICE informed them this month that the agency planned to stop housing around 300 detainees there and that they would instead be held in Georgia. Among the reasons ICE cited for the move, according to Aderholt's office, were cost savings and a complaint that a court hearing room at the Gadsden jail was too small.

Unfortunately they are only concerned about the money and not the fact that money spent on the long term detention of illegal aliens is a waste. This just another aspect of the lawlessness of the Obama Regime and its failure to fully implement expedited removal. The continuing failure starting with the Clintong Regime and through the Bush and Obama Regimes is both lawless and a policy failure. Holding aliens for removal proceedings or awaiting travel documents wastes millions of dollars each year. Expedited removal and other provisions of immigration law provide for the immediate removal of many classes of illegal aliens and also provide that the U.S. can issue letter of travel for said illegal aliens, ending the need to wait sometimes years for travel documents from their countries of citizenship. This is just another aspect of the Obama Regime amnesty plan, keep as many aliens in the U.S. as possible for the upcoming amnesty and waste as many dollars as possible in areas not related to actually finding and removing illegal aliens. Why pay to find an illegal when the Regime can appear to be enforcing the law by spending millions, but fooling the public by wasting those millions on the useless long-term detention of illegal aliens who should have been deported long ago?

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