SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 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."
Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
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Answer by tish0607 at 4:00 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
I am sure the ACLU is getting fired up to prevent deportation, we wouldn't want to break up families after all.
I think CA needs to do whatever they need to do to get through this. And sadly, as messed up as the state is, we could have bailed them out three time for the amount of money that has been ushered to GM, just to have them turn around and file Bankruptcy and to never have to pay the American Taxpayers back.
Oh well, at least we have new HDTV to pass the time. I wonder how many converter boxes they sent out coupons for? Anyone?
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Answer by JackalsWife at 4:16 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
It's official. I'm writing it down as we speak:
June 19, 2009
QuinnMae agrees with JackalsWife.
Strange days we are living in. ;oP
Answer by QuinnMae at 4:21 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 4:31 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
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