"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Texas Governor Perry bills feds for housing illegals

This is exactly what we pointed out about Obama rushing to declare the East Coast as an emergency so FEMA could come in right away but ignoring the responsibility of the Federal Government for the States of flyover country.  Texas is housing illegals in their jails and prisons who broke the law but the Feds refuse to foot the bill.  Texas counties and the state is left holding the bag while Obama fiddles away in the White House playing favorites to states he might have a chance to win and others where it is a slam dunk.

When Obama went to El Paso and said the border with Mexico was secure, it shows that the truth and Obama are enemies.  El Paso has the fence and guard shacks all along with the fence to keep out the problems with the Mexican drug cartels in order to keep violence across the border in Juarez.  It is impossible to build the border fence in parts of Texas as the border snakes around and the Rio Grande River is not always the boundary.  Some conservatives take that to mean he is against a border fence but that is not the truth.  Gov Perry is a realist who knows it is impossible to build the fence in certain areas.  He certainly knows his own states better than the pundits of the 'my way or no way' crowd.

Will Homeland Security reimburse Texas for housing illegals who broke the law in their jails?  We are not going to hold our breath.
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.
"The longstanding failure of the federal government to secure our border with Mexico continues to burden local communities and resources in Texas," Perry wrote. "Because there are not enough troops on the ground, illegal immigrants are able to penetrate the Texas border every day and use taxpayer-funded resources." 
The Comptroller of Texas, Susan Combs, thinks the amount billed is probably conservative.   Obama doesn't think anything  of stiffing Border States with the bill for illegals -- he will do anything to hurt the economies of our states especially Texas.
APNewsBreak: Perry bills feds for housing illegals 
By APRIL CASTRO, Associated Press April Castro, Associated Press Fri Aug 26, 7:33 pm ET 
AUSTIN, Texas – 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.
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. 
"During tough economic times, when communities are making difficult decisions about their own budgets, Texas counties are being asked to cover more than $94.4 million in direct costs related to housing illegal immigrants while the state has been left to cover more than $254.8 million in such costs." 
He included a memo from Comptroller Susan Combs in which she supports his calculations but warns that the estimates are conservative. 
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