Colorado Spent $500M To Detain Illegal Aliens | The Daily Caller
Colorado taxpayers have shelled out more than half a billion dollars over the past 20 years to imprison illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, according to a new report from CBS4 Denver.
The state has spent $522 million — about $25 million annually — to house criminal aliens in state, county and municipal jails since 1997.
The figure comes from a Colorado Department of Corrections analysis of its applications to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), a federal grant program designed to reimburse states for the burden of incarcerating illegal aliens. To receive SCAAP funds, state prisons and county jails provide the Department of Justice with a list of names of illegal immigrants and the number of days they’ve been incarcerated
The problem for Colorado is that federal reimbursement covers just a tiny fraction of the cost accrued by holding illegal immigrants. SCAAP grants have paid for about 4 percent of the state’s total expenses for detaining criminal aliens over the last 20 years, reports CBS4.
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