Reporting from Washington -- Fifteen years after Congress promised that Washington would help states pick up the tab for imprisoning illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, California is receiving but a fraction -- less than 12 cents on the dollar -- of its nearly $1-billion annual cost.
The problem is that illegal immigrant criminals in other states are growing in numbers and other states are getting more of the federal money for locking up illegals.
But Congress this year provided $400 million nationwide to cover the cost of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars, less than what was provided a decade ago. In that same period, California's share of the federal money has declined from 68% to 39%.
"California's percentage of the total amount gets smaller and smaller each year as the issue of criminal aliens becomes more of a national problem," said Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village).
Deport all the illegals and stop letting new illegals from crossing the border. Save billions per year. But even as the economy tosses over 600,000 people per month into the unemployment rolls Obama the Messiah wants an immigration amnesty. He wants to forgive them for some their sins. Messiahs can do that.
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