Deporting Illegal Immigrant Criminals Saves Money
The Department of Homeland Security wants to prioritize dangerous criminals for deportation, and state laws that fast-track undocumented prisoners are helping. Oklahoma, Arizona, Puerto Rico, New York and Rhode Island all have methods on the books that hasten the deportation of illegal immigrant criminals — and save space in prisons for criminals legally in the country.
The Oklahoman’s Vallery Brown checked in on the Oklahoma Criminal Illegal Alien Rapid Repatriation Act, which deported 185 “non-violent” criminal illegal aliens in its first year. The law was intended as a cost-saving measure, and it has been: Officials said the law saved the state millions of dollars by freeing up space in state prisons.
Still, there’s one problem: Some of the deportees come back, particularly if they have family in the U.S. The Oklahoman reports at least eight of the 185 criminals deported during the act’s first year are known to have returned to the country. If immigrants return, they will again be a drain on taxpayers: convicts caught reentering the U.S. can receive up to 20-year sentences and are sent to Oklahoma afterward to finish out their pre-deportation sentences.