Placido Salazar psalazar9@satx.rr.

com $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year
“$18 billion on immigration enforcement last year?” A huge amount of that gross misapplication of funds, has NOTHING to do with “Immigration enforcement,” as much as it has to do with keeping private prisons filled to the gills, “at least 90%”. Remember that “We must control our borders” – which only applies to the Mexico/US border, was started by George W. Bush, to blame illegal immigration and Iraq for 9/ll, neither of which was correct. What about Canada’s border, Florida’s coast line which of course Marco Rubio will never mention – and both U.S. coasts – who is monitoring those “doors”? Who is checking to see how many Cubans entering through Florida, are criminals? WHY is this allowed to continue? Perhaps, if each republican and democrat congressman was compelled to disclose how much money in political contributions each received from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and other “hell-hole private prisons” owners (which is not remotely likely to happen) ….. you would find most of the answer as to WHY – this abuse of government wasteful spending goes on. All this goes on, while legislators keep cutting funding in the education of our children, “military spending,” cost of Veterans’ medical care, etc. How many of our “Immigrant Warriors” who risked their lives in OUR WAR suffering with PTSD, are being unfairly imprisoned in these hell-holes? Julia Preston - New York Times wrote in part: "The Obama administration spent nearly $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year, " The Obama administration spent nearly $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year, significantly more than its spending on all the other major federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report published Monday by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington. Based on the vast resources devoted to monitoring foreigners coming into the country and to detaining and deporting illegal immigrants, immigration control has become "the federal government's highest criminal law enforcement priority," the report concluded.

In recent years, it found, the two main immigration enforcement agencies under the Department of Homeland Security have referred more cases to the courts for prosecution than all of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies combined, including the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Total spending on those agencies was $14 billion, official figures show. The 182-page report was an opening salvo in a contentious debate over immigration that President Obama has pledged to lead this year. Its purpose was to marshal publicly available official figures to show that the country has built "a formidable enforcement machinery" since 1986, the last time Congress considered an overhaul of the immigration laws that included measures granting legal status to large numbers of illegal immigrants. Spending on immigration enforcement was 15 times greater last year than in 1986, the report found. The report responds to lawmakers, mainly Republicans, who have argued that federal authorities must do much more to strengthen enforcement before Congress can consider any legalization for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. "The 'enforcement first' policy that has been advocated by many in Congress and the public as a precondition for considering broader immigration reform has de facto become the nation's singular immigration policy," the report concluded. Although the institute includes both Democrats and Republicans and did not offer any recommendations in this report, it has previously supported policies to bring illegal immigrants into the legal system, rather than expelling them. Jennifer Wishon (CNN) wrote in part: "They're major players in corporate America. Companies operating inside a $74 billion industry. What are they selling? Prison cells. They contract with dozens of states and the federal government to house inmates and undocumented immigrants. The industry has been around for decades, but conditions are ripe for a major expansion...."

John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, wrote in part: . "Like in Texas, they've just built this really nice 608 bed facility that's like a dormitory," Whitehead cited as an example. "It has basketball hoops, you look out and there's a lawn in the prison. It's for immigrants." "What they're going to encourage is, in a very tacit way, is illegal immigration because it's important for them to fill those facilities because, remember they have to keep a 90 percent occupancy rate," he continued. "So we're going to see a lot of strange problems and we're going to wonder why the government isn't really cracking down on illegal immigration and that's going to be one reason." Tom Leonard in New York for THE TELEGRAPH: 6:50PM GMT 19 Nov 2008 - “A grand jury in south Texas indicted Mr (Dick) Cheney and Alberto Gonzales, the former Attorney General, on state charges that they blocked an investigation into the mistreatment of prisoners. The indictment cites a "money trail" relating to Mr Cheney's financial stake in prison-related businesses, including the Vanguard Group, which has an interest in privately-run federal jails in the region. According to a grand jury in Willacy County, Mr Cheney is "is "profiteering from depriving human beings of their liberty". It also accuses him of a conflict of interest and of "at least misdemeanour assaults" on inmates because of his links to the prison companies. Mr Gonzales is accused of using his position to "stop the investigations as to the wrong doings" in county prisons. --------------------------------------------My reply: I believe the U.S. Congress should investigate "for profit" hell holes, including the ones which Dick Cheney is profiting from, to find out how much of that goes to unnecessarily hold immigrants for months on end, together with their US-born infant children, when they should immediately send them to their country of origin. Corrections Corporation of America and Dick Cheney’s operation charge outrageous rates for unnecessarily detaining immigrants, charging much more than if these immigrants were held at most five star hotels, with room service meals. WHY are they holding these immigrants, who could easily be bonded-out and allowed to apply for legalizing their status? FOR PROFIT – plain and simple, since several sources have mentioned that these private hell-holes have to keep 90% occupancy, to keep fleecing our government, while we allow these immigrants to be held in deplorable conditions. I believe this chart tells much of the story:

THINK ABOUT IT….. THEN, TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION. If it’s not RIGHT – then, it’s WRONG. If it’s INHUMANE….. it’s also WRONG!!! If entering our country without documentation is “Illegal” – the same rule should apply whether entering from Mexico, Cuba through Florida, Canada or anywhere else. Respectfully Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran

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