Care for Illegal Immigrants in Prison Exceeds $250 Million Dollars

Friday, August 20, 2010 - 8:05am

According to State Health and Corrections Department, the cost of keeping illegal immigrants in prison and providing them with medical care, exceeded $250 million dollars in 2009.

The statement came before that House State Affairs Committee as lawmakers faced a projected state budget shortfall of up to $18 billion. Brownsville's State Representative Rene Oliveira says an Arizona type law, allowing for police to question everyone about their citizenship status, could fill every jail in Texas and break county budgets.

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