Thursday, March 6, 2014

Obama Budget Defunds State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

On March 4, President Obama unveiled his 2015 budget.  One of the many cuts used to pay for the $3.9 trillion monstrosity is to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).  This program is used to reimburse local governments for the cost of jailing illegal aliens.

The fact that local governments have to spend any money at all to jail individuals in the United States illegally, demonstrates the failure of the federal government to regulate immigration and secure our borders.

Luzerne County, for example, received only $130,081 from the federal government towards the $1.7 million cost to jail 184 illegal aliens for one year.  This deficit produced by the failures of the federal government was then passed on to local taxpayers.

The cost of the Obama Administration's failure to protect the borders of the United States and enforce our immigration laws should not be passed on to the local taxpayers of Luzerne County nor should the Obama administration be allowed to absolve themselves of their responsibility to pay for their failed policies.

President Obama's evisceration of SCAAP funding should be restored by Congress.

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