Governor Perry Bills Department of Homeland Security For Costs to Imprison Illegal Aliens

Governor Rick Perry billed the Obama Department of Homeland Security for $350 million to cover costs of imprisoning illegal aliens.
The AP reported:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reimburse the state $350 million to cover costs of imprisoning illegal immigrants.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the top-tier Republican presidential candidate blamed the federal government for not securing the border with Mexico, allowing illegal immigrants to cross over and use taxpayer-funded resources. He said resources for county jails are being depleted as a result.

Perry included in the letter the formula he used to determine the costs and included a memo from state Comptroller Susan Combs supporting his calculations.

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  • P. Aaron

    Good for Gov. Perry! Just get those twits @ Treasury to print some more…it’s all they know how to do.

  • big L

    hahaha. the prob is that they might send a check and then it institutionalizes the payments for keeping ’em. Which is what the feds want.
    I was thinking that the abortion result is prob maybe 20 million fewer americans and they were replaced bby open borders and 20 million illegals.
    That is a total RF to the country, both ways. Once again never let a crisis go to waste.

  • Dan

    And yet, he is against a wall.

  • Dan

    Texas Dream Act! How can any conservative support that!

  • gus

    Has Opie built those MOATS yet??

  • Molon Labe

    Considering his attacks on Arizona’s efforts to stem the tide of illegal aliens this maneuver seems to me to be more political theather than represents his true feelings. Especially since his actiuons have supported the concept of an open border.

    Perry is a fraud. A cheap huckster, a Texan Elmer Gantry.

  • Patty

    Governor Perry is one of many states that has had hospitals, law enforcement, EMS, courts, killings and burdens that are definitely contributed to the borders and it has been for many years.

    Governor Brewer’s state is trying something different and asking for donations for a fence to help stop the influx of illegals.

    States along the borders are spending billions each year and this administration as others haven’t done enough. It seems that part of the American debt would be less if this matter was appropriately tended to by laws that are already on the books.

    Governor Perry wanted to meet with Obama during is last trip but was denied. I can’t wait to see what Obama does about this one.

    The Governors are getting really inventive and I must say it is time for the administration to pay up! If other states are baring the burden than they should bill the government, also.

    Another problem is these illegals are bringing in diseases. I have been very surprise this hasn’t been mentioned.

  • gus

    Chrissy Matthews is NOT going to like this.

  • dunce

    It is a problem caused by the federal govt. and they should pay, but Arizona tried this years ago and got stone walled by the bush administration. It was political grandstanding then and it is still just posturing on immigration like politicians have been doing for the last 40 years.

  • Texan

    I can see the libs are out tonight. Perry has been fighting to keep our borders safe with no support from the Feds. He sent the Texas Rangers a long time ago to help with this problem. He’s bringing the problem to the forefront. The feds did nothing when Perry asked for money when we were having major fires in the state.

  • Patty

    $113,000,000,000 – This year’s cost of US illegal immigration. Approximately 75% of that cost is absorbed by the states.

    $1117 – The average amount you and your family paid in taxes this year to support illegals.

    $52,000,000,000 – The cost of educating the children of illegals. This is by far the single largest cost to the American taxpayer.

    $2,700 – The average dollar amount a single illegal household costs the US federal government.

    51% – The percentage of Mexican immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program. 28% use more than one.

    1,400,000- The number of illegal immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program. (food stamps, WIC, school lunch, Medicaid, TANF, SSI, and public/rent-subsidized housing)

  • Patty

    Whether this is political scheme or not: We have a problem and the reason our country has a debt is partially because of Illegals.

  • lonestar

    Good for Perry! This is one bill the Feds will definitely not pay.

  • lonestar

    It is not feasible to build a wall in the middle of the Rio Grande.

  • james

    Rick Perry has my vote.

  • Patty


    Noticed this too the other night. Look, Perry is human and mistakes have been made by everyone. But when push comes to shove, I want a Cowboy in office and it fits the bill perfectly.

    It is like night and day between the likes of Perry and Obama. But whoever gets in office won’t be Obama and this time around it is going to stick. My vote hasn’t been decided, yet.

    But this is not a political bloy by Perry. He has his fact and the comptroller wouldn’t sign off unless true. And because he is running as nothing to do with the deaths of Americans and Fast and Furious evil idea of Holder’s.

    Obama hates Perry and that is a fact. And for me, I don’t think to much of Obama either.

  • maraz

    Don’t let this move fool you… Perry is a wolf in sheeps clothing and the media is afraid of the true conservative… which would account for why Fox did a hit Piece on Bachmann about her behaving like a Rock Star… didn’t they say the same of Palin in the past too?

    On the Perry side of things… the media wants to push him on us… thus the stories of what a great conservative he is… but do some research folks….

    Think ObamaCare is bad? Rick “Open Borders” Perry wanted a bi-National plan that would include Mexico

    Below shows the Screen Shots to prove that Perry is infiltrating the schools with Sharia curriculum

    Perry & his Sharia pals – there are many that are hitting Pamela hard on this story but the screen shots don’t lie and they are scrubbing the info – EXCERPT: It was interesting to see the beclowned Red State, Ace, and the increasingly irrelevant Commentary jump all over me because I exposed Rick Perry’s dawah curriculum served up to our young children in the public schools of Texas. It’s telling that the “leading lights” of the rightwing blogosphere were so eager to rip me, to the point of journalistic malpractice, without so much as a cursory look at the evidence. Commentary is soft, we know, but did they throw research out along with integrity. Shame on Alana Goodman.

  • maraz

    Perry’s done this before and he knows it’s the political equivalent of looking like he’s tough without really taking a stand on the issue…

  • maraz

    @ Molon Labe #6 August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I agree… Perry is in campaign mode… so he’s suddenly very conservative but his record proves otherwise….

    Does GOP want Perry’s DREAM act too? Updated response from Gov. Perry’s Office:

    Here is an excerpt from a speech Governor Perry gave during the border summit in August of 2001: As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.

  • American Woman

    Maraz, you are exactly right.