Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that the state could save $1 billion by building and operating prisons in Mexico to house undocumented felons who are currently imprisoned in California. …
"We pay them to build the prisons down in Mexico and then we have those undocumented immigrants be down there in a prison. ... And all this, it would be half the cost to build the prisons and half the cost to run the prisons," Schwarzenegger said, predicting it would save the state $1 billion that could be spent on higher education.
About 19,000 of the state's 171,000 prisoners are illegal immigrants, according to the most recent statistics available online.
In other words, the United States has an, er, understanding with Mexico that the latter can siphon off its poorest to El Norte as a safety valve. A certain percentage of the "immigrants" reaching the land of dreams are caught in criminal activities and banged up, but that's expensive and Mexifornia is broke. So Mexifornia pays Mexico to take charge of the criminals the U.S. made no serious attempt to stop admitting in the first place.
Prisons built and run by Mexican companies, to hold Mexican citizens, paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Brilliant. How many of these criminals will serve out their sentences? But don't worry, the system is a perpetual motion machine. El Norte will continue to allow "undocumented" Mexicans in with a nudge-nudge, wink-wink; some will commit crimes serious enough to get them sentenced to hard time; back they'll go to Mexico, along with taxpayer money to keep them in televisions and hip-hop mariachi music while they serve out the remaining week or two of their incarceration.
Or maybe, au contraire, Mexifornia pays for the prisons to be built and Mexico decides it doesn't want their errant citizens back. Presumably the United States will have to accept them as refugees. The situation of some Somalis in Uganda offers a precedent.
THE American government is to resettle 5,800 refugees from Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district to the United States, Prosy Katura, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) protection officer, has revealed.
Katura said a team has already been sent to Nakivale to scrutinise the refugees to ensure they have no links with al-Qaeda, an extremist group. The American taskforce at the camp will also study files of individual refugees since they arrived in Uganda. During a meeting with the Germany ambassador to Uganda, Reinhard Buchholz, who visited the camp on Friday, Katura said the exercise under the “expedited Somali resettlement programme” should be completed by September. “We have so far scrutinised about 2,000 Somalis out of 5,800 who are living in Nakivale.”
Why is the United States taking in this particular group when, according to the article, the refugee camp holds some "470,000 refugees from Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Congo, Burundi, Kenya and Eritrea"?
Explaining the reason of resettling Somalis to the US, Katura said Somali refugees have failed to integrate with other refugee groups living in Nakivale and with the local communities because of their unique language and culture.Oh, I see. They can't get along with other Africans because of their "unique language and culture," so we'll settle them in Minnesota, where they'll blend right in.
But maybe they'd feel even more at home in a country where the climate and social conditions are more like what they're used to. Mexico?