Governor Arnold Schawarzenegger spoke off the cuff with reporters (which is never a good idea).

From the Sacramento Bee:

His budget calls for an $880 million infusion from the federal government to pay for housing illegal immigrant prisoners who have committed crimes in California. The governor also wants to rely more on private prison companies.

But he also gave an off-the-cuff suggestion that California send undocumented inmates to Mexico and pay to build and run new prisons there.

"We can do so much better, in the prison system alone, if we can go and take inmates – for instance, the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here – and get them to Mexico," Schwarzenegger said.

"We pay them to build a prison down in Mexico and then we have those undocumented immigrants be down there in the prison," he added. "Half the cost to build the prisons and half the cost to run the prisons. That is money, again, a billion dollars right there that can go into higher education. That is an example of one of the things we do that is unnecessary spending."

I agree with him that the state shouldn’t have to spend money incarcerating people who shouldn’t have been in the United States to begin with.  But pay to build prisons in Mexico?  Really?  That’s a craptastic idea!

Also surprise, surprise that California is putting forth a budget that requires more federal money.

I have an idea, instead of spending more money on incarcerating illegal immigrants we actually tighten our border and enforce our existing immigration laws.  I know, that’s just silly.

3 comments
  1. When Gov. Schwarzenegger says, “We pay THEM…who is he referring to as “THEM?” Is he referring to the actual prisoners who will end up residing in what is built? Or, is he referring to the Mexican government? Has the USA ever done this sort of thing before? Have we ever gone into a foreign country to build a prison with prisoners native to that country to keep them out of our country?

    Why isn’t the Mexican goveernment stepping up to the plate and volunteering to build prisons in their own country to lessen this problem? Why is it always the USA that must take these proactive measures?

    Lamar Morgan

  2. “Amen!” screamed the frustrated California girl! Additionally, we in California pay for 2 million illegals, (aka undocumented people), who use the health care system and the school systems, etc. on your dime. The Federal Government just keeps getting more and more involved in this state financially, because this state is run by liberal two year olds, who can’t manage a budget, or say no to every passing whim that is proposed.

  3. Absolutely, we need to get the illegals out and focus on border protection, but there is a huge problem that has been created here that is causing parts of our states along the border to be almost as corrupt as Mexico itself. The mexican drug lords run that country and it is spilling into the streets of many cities and towns of the border states like Texas and California.

    I see what Ahnold is trying to do. Many people are not aware that when an illegal commits a crime over here, it is near impossible to prosecute them. Holding them in our jails causes more problems and then they have to release them after a certain amount of time. The worst criminals (murder, etc) get a swift trip back over the border where we turn them over to mexico. The corrupt Mexican mafia government applauds them and then release them with more ammunition, guns and drugs.

    The illegal easily crosses back across the border to take his retribution out on the people that caused such a problem for them, sells their drugs and commits more crimes knowing he will never be prosecuted. They come back to the United States again and again to kill maim and steal, and they never have to pay the price for their crimes.

    There was a huge case in Houston a couple of years ago where a police officer was brutally shot in the head sitting in his cop car, and the illegal that did the crime went back to mexico and three days later was spotted free walking the streets of Houston. I believe he is still free today, but do not quote me on that.

    Our hands are so tied here that nobody knows what the answer is. Yes, absolutely secure the border, but we have a huge problem going on right this very second that we have no idea how to fix. That is why I think Ahhnold was suggesting a mexican prison. Of course, right before election time, the representatives come up with all kinds of novel ideas to bolster their popularity, but weather those plans ever see fruition is another thing entirely.

    I am not defending the governor in any way because he is one of the lamest governors that has helped run California into the ground, and he does not deserve to have the republican title by his name, but I can kind of see where he is coming from. At least a prison built by us over in Mexico would provide a place to keep the most heinous of criminals under lock and key, so they would not be free to kill again. On the flip side, it only creates another GitMexico that would probably be a nightmare.

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