Logue: Release illegal immigrant prisoners back to home countries
May 29, 2011
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212;-When the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to release 33,000 prisoners in the next two years to reduce overcrowding, state officials were left figuring out how, exactly, to do that.
Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) proposed cutting down on the number of illegal immigrants in state prisons by deporting them back to their home countries to serve out their sentences. He plans to formally propose the legislation within a week, said Cliff Wagner, a representative for the assemblyman of the 3rd District, which includes Grass Valley.
Estimates are unclear as to how many illegal immigrants are housed in California prisons, but a Dec. 2010 document released by the California Department of Corrections showed their numbers is excess of 20,000.
and#8220;If we just release… prisoners into the public, they will reoffend and many of these crimes will be violent,and#8221; Logue said in a release this week. and#8220;The safer thing to do is deport the thousands of illegal immigrant criminals in our prisons so they can serve time in their home countries.and#8221;
Logue proposes deporting nonviolent offenders back to their home countries, mainly Mexico, so violent criminals don’t just pour back over the border in California, Wagner said.
Officials in Mexico voiced concern over the idea Friday.
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Mayors of Mexican cities on the U.S. border say they are concerned about a possible upsurge in deportations of migrants with criminal backgrounds after the Supreme Court decision.
Many of the 14 mayors gathered Friday said they are concerned by the court’s order because U.S. authorities sometimes don’t warn them when migrants who have served time are deported.
Mexican officials often lack systems to run background checks on deportees.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.