Sunday, August 28, 2011
Private Prisons in Texas will lose business with new law to deport illegal immigrant criminals
Found this in the Austin American Statesman written by Mike Ward. The state just might be on to something here with this one. Let their own countries deal with them. What positives do you see in this legislation ? Comment below the story.
In a move that could save taxpayers millions of dollars, state parole officials Wednesday took the first steps to begin deporting some of the 11,000 foreign citizens who are serving time in Texas prisons.
The state Board of Pardons and Paroles grilled federal immigration officials at an Austin meeting to make sure the foreign citizens they want to deport — most probably back to Mexico — will actually be sent to their home countries, not turned loose in Texas.
"We're concerned that they're not deported and they're just released to the street," said Parole Board Chairwoman Rissie Owens of Huntsville. "We hear horror stories. With all of our votes, public safety is the main issue."
Under a state law that takes effect Sept. 1, the parole board can begin approving convicts for parole on the condition that they are deported to their home country. The law covers foreigners convicted of both violent and nonviolent crimes.