For the third straight year, President Bush has proposed eliminating hundreds of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements to states to help with the cost of jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. California is the top beneficiary of the program.The reimbursement program is called SCAAP ("State Criminal Alien Assistance Program"). See "Feds paid $2 billion/year to jail criminal aliens" and "Bush refuses to pay for the trouble he causes". California pays at least $750 million to jail illegal aliens, and has only got part of that back from the feds.
On the other hand, Bush would increase the U.S. Border Patrol budget to more than $3 billion, a 29 percent increase the administration says would be enough to hire 1,500 additional border agents.The LAT offers "State Would Again Lose Funds for Jailed Illegal Immigrants" and from the WashTimes comes the not-surprising news that "Request falls short of full funding for border agents".
Another $35 million is proposed for the San Diego border fence, and $100 million for an assortment of new border-enforcement technologies.
These are some of the provisions in Bush's spending plan for next year that would affect California directly.
Immigration · Tue, 02/07/2006 - 01:10 · Importance: 1