Saw the other day that Rick Perry billed the federal government for housing illegal immigrants to the tune of $350 million.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reimburse the state $350 million to cover costs of imprisoning illegal immigrants.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the top-tier Republican presidential candidate blamed the federal government for not securing the border with Mexico, allowing illegal immigrants to cross over and use taxpayer-funded resources. He said resources for county jails are being depleted as a result.
Letter here at Texas Tribune link.
That's at least the third time he's billed the federal government for this.
But there's something missing from this. That is, that Rick Perry is really NOT as good as Obama is at cracking down on illegal immigrants. One main reason for this is that illegal immigration is good for business in Texas, another is that the hispanic/latino population in Texas is the fastest growing; hispanics represent 38 % of Texas population. Remember that Rick Perry also passed the Texas Dream Act, because he's doing a balancing act between serving TAB (Texas Association of Business) and the significant Latino population. For example, look at the Border Cameras actions he took that were such a joke here. Rick Perry apparently didn't even know that predator drones are already being used on the TX/Mex border, even though he's the one that asked Janet Napolitano for them.
Scott Braddock talked about whether Rick Perry would be anti-illegal immigration recently.
There were multiple “anti-illegal immigration” bills filed during the legislature’s regular session this year. None of them became law.
“They engaged in this kind of elaborate kabuki dance to make it look like they were all supporting it, when in fact they were working behind the scenes to kill it,” Emanuelson said.
Former immigration adviser to Gov. and President Bush, Charles Foster, said it’s true that lawmakers did do a “Texas two-step” around this issue. There were backroom deals happening at the Capitol, he said, to ensure none of these “harsh” immigration bills would pass. “It’s true and it’s good,” Foster said. “They realized it was bad legislation to begin with. At best, it would have been symbolic.”
Here's my point. Sure seems like a scam to me. You have a governor who is lax on illegal immigration, and KNOWN to be, for whatever reason. But then, instead of securing the borders, he turns around to get FEDERAL money every so often for the cost of incarcerating the illegal immigrants. Not only is this pretty humourous from the standpoint of "Mr Perry Doth Protest Too Much Over Federal Funds" but getting that federal money essentially rewards him for not being good on enforcement.
P.S. I noticed in this Homeland Security document from the Governor's office that ...
Texas has secured more than $1.1 billion of federal homeland security-related grants since 2005. These grants apply to all aspects of homeland security, and are directly used to improve Texas' ability to prevent, protect from, respond to and recover from all threats. The grants include the Homeland Security Grant Program, which is comprised of the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Operation Stonegarden, Metropolitan Medical Response System, and the Citizen Corps Program. Other grants include the UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP), Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program, Driver's License Security Grant Program (DLSGP), and Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP).
Update Augus5 31, 2011-Oops, Clueless Rick Perry asked the wrong department for reimbursement. Should have done his homework!
He penned the letter on Aug. 10, three days before formally announcing his presidential bid. Napolitano even alleged, in jest, that Perry had simply lifted language from similar demand letters she'd sent Washington herself.
"I think he copied my letter when I was governor of Arizona. I think he subbed `Texas' for `Arizona,' " Napolitano said, at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor , before heading to North Carolina to tour Hurricane Irene damage.
But his beef, she said, isn't with the administration.
"This is not something that Congress has been willing to appropriate funds for," she said. "... My role is to do everything I can to reduce the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas and Arizona and New Mexico and California, and I think in that sense, we are fulfilling our role very strongly. The number of illegal immigrants entering Texas now is at a record low."
For years, Congress has shortchanged states and local governments by providing only partial funding to repay costs of jailing criminal aliens. She also noted that the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, known as SCAAP, is actually run by the Justice Department, so her department forwarded Perry's letter there.
Napolitano said the federal government has enough funds to keep Guardsmen at the border through the end of the current fiscal year - that is, the end of September. But after that, Congress didn't give the Defense Department enough to continue the deployment.