"Facing $8 billion budget gap, California wants to become ‘anti-Arizona’ of illegal immigration"Now, just think about that for a minute. Does this make ANY sense to anyone? With all due respect to some relatives and a few nice people who live there, it must REALLY be true that California is like granola: Take away the fruits and the nuts and what you're left with are the flakes.
Ok, here's parts of the story (emphasis in italics is mine, the rest is in the article originally).
"A bill currently working its way through the California legislature would block local law enforcement from referring a detainee to immigration officials for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.
“California cannot afford to become another Arizona,” said California Assembly member Tom Ammiano, the bill’s sponsor.
"It would be great if the United States could throw open its borders and welcome in every impoverished person from around the world. But we simply can’t afford it. And neither can California. The $92.1 billion budget the state passed last month has an $8 billion hole in it. No one knows where California is going to find the money to make up that gap.
"Meanwhile, the much maligned state of Arizona not only balanced their budget this year, they managed to stash away $450 million for a rainy day.
"The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that California spent $21,755,953,468 on illegal immigrants in 2009 (the most recent year available). A 2009 Los Angeles Times article, using pre-recession 2006 numbers, pegged the number a little lower.I will let my byline in red above be the final line in this post.