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Local taxpayers are paying for U.S. immigration enforcement, ACLU reports

Linking LAICE IS PRICEY: Local taxpayers are paying for federal immigration enforcement, according to a report released by the ACLU. California Watch reports:

In a report released today, titled "Costs and Consequences: The High Price of Policing Immigrant Communities," the ACLU runs several dollars-and-cents equations on what particular counties and cities are spending to arrest, detain and prosecute illegal immigrants.

Many cases involving this population begin as minor traffic violations before growing into questions of legal residency. Therefore, the organization argues, law enforcement agencies can reduce the number of non-criminal illegal immigrants they pay to hold by not focusing officers on violations like driving without a valid license.

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So the ACLU says "Therefore, the organization argues, law enforcement agencies can reduce the number of non-criminal illegal immigrants they pay to hold by not focusing officers on violations like driving without a valid license."

Wow great idea but why stop there?

If we want to save money why should illegals be the only ones to get a free pass here? Let's get rid of driver's licenses altogether. Heck if an illegal doesn't need one, why should everybody else?

Another great ACLU idea. Ignore those little things, like driving without a license. Thanks for helping make our communities safer.

"Therefore, the organization argues, law enforcement agencies can reduce the number of non-criminal illegal immigrants they pay to hold by not focusing officers on violations like driving without a valid license."

This IS a criminal activity! Being here illegally IS a criminal activity! ILLEGAL is the first word...its illegal!!! How bout a capture and release program? Capture them here...release back in their home country!

It's worth every penny

The ACLU is smoking something. Don't focus on driving without a license violations? Are they insane?

I understand that they're trying to spin it so that it looks as though we're being burdened in a time of economic downturn by "minor" things but guess what ACLU? I'd be willing to be money that in the current no tax environment, immigration enforcement would probably be the ONE thing a lot of us would be willing to pay increased taxes for.

And I'm speaking as the first generation born in this country to LEGAL South American immigrants.

Okay, it's outrageous that we have to pay for sanctuary cities to control the illegal population, but it does still have to be done. What's more concerning are the recommendations on how to reduce spending...turning a blind eye to minor violations. I think we have enough of that already....

"This IS a criminal activity! Being here illegally IS a criminal activity! ILLEGAL is the first word...its illegal!!! How bout a capture and release program? Capture them here...release back in their home country! "

How about we capture them here and release them in China? I'm sure the Chinese can find some nice jobs for them, Releasing these people in their own country does nothing. Most are back the same day. Maybe a couple days later.

Why not let them all go-better yet open up the Borders and spend the ICE money on Congressional junkets!!

The aclu uses your tax dollars to come up with these bold insights and sue the government (legal citizen taxpayers, YOU to support educate, house, feed, support and provide FREE healthcare) for criminals while you cannot provide for your own families. Of course California can afford it with all the monies illegals earn under the table (tax free) that they send to mexico to support their families back home.

"Local taxpayers are paying for federal immigration enforcement, according to a report released by the ACLU."

I had no idea!

Let's not focus on other minor crimes like:

Smoking in bars, public drunks, prostitution, drug sales, noise complaints, license plates, building code violations, petty theft, vandalism, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, embezzlement, car theft, arson.

That way the police can focus on important crimes, you know, like the ones that generate revenue to fund pensions and "services" (read more public employment.)

..... not focusing officers on violations like driving without a valid license.

Hey, why not just stop enforcing all laws that may get people arrested? Lets just have a free for all, where anyone can break any and all laws they don't like. But a bunch of crap! Any cop or politician who supports lawless criminals and allowing them to skirt our laws needs to be voted out of office or fired immediately.

ACLU = All Criminals Love Us

Save money by not considering law-breaking to be crime!

What the ACLU report fails to mention because of their ideology, local tax payers are paying more for illegal immigration services in the local area.

Maybe the illegal immigrants can all live at Ramona Ripson ( ACLU Pres.) home!
She seems to care so much about them!

How can the police ignore more than they already do in L.A.? It's basically a free for all until someone dies. As far as basic rules that dictate traffic laws and general decency, they never have and never will do anything about that.

So, what does the ACLU propose we do . . . shoot them? This way it would only be the cost of the bullet.

Ahhh...I see how the ACLU has developed into the mess we see today...they don't require resumes or identification; they don't require employees to follow any rules, etc.... Makes perfect sense.

IT'S EITHER MILLIONS WE SPEND NOW OR A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS PLUS LATER?

Just like the Great Land Rush of the 19th century, hundreds of thousands even millions of illegal aliens will be fleeing different States enacting policing laws. Idaho, Florida Utah, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota and of course the great State of Arizona, who is battling for survival in the biased-oriented court system.,In swarms they will be loading their trucks, packing their families and leaving less hospitable locations. They are heading they think to other States with easy welfare pickings, with brought and sold legislators where the laws are not enforced. Even the cash strapped, Sanctuary State of California has numerous counties ready to embark with E-Verify, as a mandatory verification warning to foreign nationals you better not apply for a job here, as the business owner is unlikely to take the risk of losing his business license. Other States are introducing laws including the federal 287 (g) law to train local police in arrest and detain suspicious individuals on hold for ICE agents.

Secure Communities a program that expedites fingerprints gathered by local law enforcement agencies to the FBI and then through a federal (ICE) immigration database to identify undocumented immigrants. Over a thousand jurisdictions in 40 States and others ready to participate. All these enforcement programs cost millions of dollars, but it touches nowhere near the hundreds of billions of dollars extracted from your taxes to support illegal aliens. The border remains frighteningly open and their is no program to guarantee that foreign airline passengers will leave after their entry visa expires? American immigration laws have been mocked since the 1986 amnesty law by both the US Government and the businesses that hire discount labor. If their was a real effort by any administration to halt the illegal alien invasion, any illegal invader would be facing a felony, not a stupid minor infraction.

I joined the Tea PARTY as more and more taxes are being taken, to support the education, health care and other social welfare programs in pandering to the illegal immigrants. I am also an activist of the million plus membership of NumbersUSA pro-sovereignty organization, that allows free faxes to your resident State Representative or even the leadership in Washington. You can also contact your politicians through the Switchboard in DC at 202-224-3121. Their is a Pdf file "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine."that every American should assimilate. It will probably give you heartburn and the billions of dollars we are paying to support health care for illegal aliens, that should be going in the pensions of old American warriors, OUR senior citizens, OUR homeless, Our blind, our sick, handicapped and those citizens living in poverty. This is just part of the deception and collusion of our legislators, who have been corrupted by special interests. We should bring our military home from Afghanistan, Iraq and other support bases, and place them along the US border, Canadian border fully armed with orders to fire.

Illegal immigrant states like Texas New York State and Illinois's, specially in California and Nevada, has no real ID verification where there was massive voter fraud through absentee ballots use; I truly believe.

The ACLU has devolved into a parasitic organization that seems to be on the side of illegal law breakers. Every town, county or state that tries to pass laws to defend it's self against this ongoing invasion the ACLU is right there threatening a law suit even before the law can go into effect. Telling lawmakers they had better think twice before they make a move because the ACLU will try to bankrupt them.

OMG: The ACLU actually suggests that we no longer enforce driving without a license laws for their special "illegal immigrants" who are being treated better than citizens.

We the U.S. citizens should sue the ACLU for infringing on our rights and bankrupting our states and federal government by making it impossible to enforce immigration law.

We won't give you a driver's license means you're not supposed to be here, go home, leave town, leave the U.S., not welcome, good bye, adios amigo!!!

The ACLU is making a parody of itself as a poster organization for political correctness that has gone over the edge of sanity.

Ok, let's forget at least about the Immigration Reform, Driver Licenses benefit everybody, at least a DL will secure all drivers on the road.


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