News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Prison-release, deport for migrants pushed

The Associated Press

Published: 04.16.2008

Federal immigration officials want other states to copy an Arizona program that releases nonviolent illegal immigrants from state prisons early and deports them.

Arizona has turned over more than 1,400 state prisoners to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the program began in 2005, saving $18.6 million, said Dora Schriro, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Eligible inmates typically were convicted of crimes from drunken driving to lower-level drug charges. Inmates were released on average 210 days early.

Schriro said Arizona was the first state to team up with ICE under the Rapid Repatriation program to help state prison officials identify illegal immigrants when they are booked. Only New York has a similar program.

"It's a great program," ICE spokesman Vincent Picard said. "It keeps criminals off the streets of Arizona. It saves the state lots of money."

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