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Feds Force Rural Texas County to Pay Thousands to Hold Illegals

July 30, 2014
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Illegal-alien-releaseBell County, Texas, has spent almost $200,000 so far this year on detainers, or “immigration holds,” for illegal immigrants.

Detainer requests from federal immigration officials require local law enforcement to hold illegal immigrants, detained for local charges, past the length of their jail times. Typically, the holding time is 48 hours. During this time, federal agents decide whether or not to deport the individuals.

The federal government does not reimburse Bell County Jail and other local detainment facilities for immigration holds, according to KDH News. The local media outlet reported that each inmate costs the Bell County jail $67.35 per day; local taxpayers are forced to subsidize such costs.

Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Donnie Adams told KDH, “After we get through with them, we notify ICE that they are ready for release. If they want the hold, they get 48 hours to pick them up.”

Residents in counties around the nation feel the strain of immigration holds, but some areas have started ignoring detainer requests. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, officials in over a dozen counties in Southern California declared that detainer requests from federal immigration agents will be ignored.

While the cost of detainers to local taxpayers is worrisome, many find the decision to ignore such requests even more disturbing, given that government officials released more than 36,000 criminal illegal immigrants onto U.S. soil in 2013.

Sylvia Longmire, a Breitbart Texas contributing editor and border security expert, said of immigration holds:

These are convicted criminals who are very likely eligible to be deported immediately, but because ICE either doesn’t have the personnel, resources, or just plain interest in transferring these individuals to immigration detention facilities, they’re being let go into local communities. Local law enforcement agencies are tired of having to enforce federal immigration laws when that’s not part of their mission, and definitely when they’re not receiving any additional funding to do so.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry M. Campbell permalink
    July 30, 2014 2:42 pm

    We need to band together to stop the invasion of illegal aliens from coming to our country

    Let me begin by stating that the Tom Green County Commissioners Court made the correct decision in approving a resolution not allowing illegal invaders to be shipped here by the misguided, dysfunctional federal government.

    One of our local exposures is that the San Angelo Coliseum is a designated NATURAL disaster shelter. The flood of illegal invaders is not a natural disaster, it is a man-made crisis generated by the attitude of the current executive branch of our federal government by not enforcing the existing immigration laws and blocking entry or immediately deporting all illegal invaders. Tom Green County operates under the regulations of the state of Texas and if Tom Green County is required (unfunded mandate) to care for illegal invaders, what is the cost? Where will the money come from?

    To calculate the cost so the county can budget, we need to know the cost of feeding, housing (space, electric, a/c, taxes, insurance, etc), medical exam, vaccination for the unvaccinated, general medical care, immigration attorneys, court proceedings, transportation back to country of origin; all this multiplied by the number of illegal invaders and the length of time. This cost could easily expand to multiples of tens of millions of dollars. On short notice it is virtually impossible to estimate the actual cost that the county tax payers will be required to cover. The cost to the community is a lot more than just this. The loss of revenue due to the unavailability of the Coliseum for normal use, the impact to our Schools, language problems, increased crime rate, burden of law enforcement, and increased use of water is just a few of the other effects. Something else to consider, within 3 hours we could have busloads of these invaders arriving from our southern border.

    All county expenses must be budgeted a year in advanced. The Tom Green County Commissioners Court is currently working on next year’s physical budget. The normal non-mandated budgeted items, Library, jailers, county roads, and sheriff deputies are the only areas that can be reduced or eliminated, if they have to budget for the care of illegal invaders it is quite obvious that property taxes will have to be raised. The extortion of Tom Green County tax payers will be caused by the total lack of common sense on the part of the federal government, if we are mandated to accept these invaders into our county. One thing to keep in mind is one cent per $100 property value of county property taxes is equivalent to only $500,000 of revenue/year. (Each $10 million is equivalent to 20 cents per $100 property value; this would be an increase of over $200 for a $100,000 home)
    Bringing this flood of illegal invaders (the liberal news media and the progressive D.C. crowd always say “we’re doing it for the children?”) into quiet, middle-class communities to destroy their neighborhoods, schools and budgets is all part of Obama’s plan to overwhelm the small conservative cities and counties and devastate the rest of the middle class. Questions: Why are they sending this needy horde of illegal invaders to destroy middle-class neighborhoods? Why are they being sent mostly to conservative states? Why is it presented that they are mostly “innocent minors (under 12)” when there is a large percentage gangbangers, hardened criminals, drug dealers, human traffickers, drug addicts, and murderers that are crossing our southern border?
    But, the plan of this dysfunctional federal government (Barack Obama and his ilk), who wants our good-hearted Christian Nation to see only women, children and families begging for help. They want the illegal invaders to appear in the worst possible shape from their long journey (about 1,500 miles unassisted???) through Mexico from Central America — they contently report and show the few with viral pneumonia, upper-respiratory infections, drug resistant tuberculosis, impetigo, influenza, measles, chicken pox, strep throat, lice, scabies, communicable disease, dehydrated, starving, injured and in such terrible shape our hearts break so that we agree to accept them. This is not by accident it is a purposeful plan right out of the Richard Cloward-Frances Fox Piven socialist playbook. Also the United Nations is pushing the idea of granting refugee status to all of these illegal alien invaders. Ever since we began hearing the terms “migrants” and “refugees,” as opposed to “illegal aliens”, “illegal immigrants” we should have realized what was coming.
    The Constitution of the United States very clearly states in Article 4, Section 4, it is the federal government’s responsibility to defend us from a foreign invasion. Obama’s earlier directive on immigration that deferred deportation for some illegal aliens is the primary cause of this invasion. This plan is part of liberal/progressive (Obama’s) agenda to purposely create a crisis, hoping to force us to overreact and not only agree to help these new arrivals, but to grant amnesty for over 12 million other illegal aliens already here. Their end goal is hoping that this action will change the demographics and simply create more government dependent voters.
    The last thing we should do now is support any form of amnesty (code word – “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”). Are we that stupid? That message would result in millions more poverty-stricken, illegal alien invaders coming. It’s time to counter these liberal, progressive, socialist, elite hypocrites. The answer is so simple: take the required action to totally secure our southern border and then send them all back.
    In closing I congratulate Tom Green County Commissioners Court in taking a stand to protect the tax payers and local children of Tom Green County! Thank you.

    Terry M. Campbell, PE, ASME, BSEE, MSCS
    3016 Clearview Drive
    San Angelo, Texas 76904
    Home: (325) 942-9753
    Retired Senior Scientist (IBM and General Dynamics)
    Retired “JIATF-S” (Counter-Drug and Anti-Terrorist Intelligence)
    Member and Publicist “San Angelo Tea Party” (Former President-2012)
    Member and Publicist “San Angelo Pachyderm Club” (Vice President–2014)
    Member and Publicist “Silver Stars” (Glen Meadows Baptist Ch.-Senior Group)
    “The Weekly Voice” on (2013)
    Consistently Voting Conservative Patriotic Veteran (US Army)
    Proud Native TEXAN and Citizen of the United States of America

  2. July 30, 2014 8:52 am

    Reblogged this on thescottcarpdream.

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