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Calif. Wants to Send Criminal Aliens Home

State prisons are housing about double the capacity
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The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on a bill in the California Legislature that would send illegal aliens home. Not the vast majority who are honest and hard working, but the 22,000 who are overcrowding California’s prisons.

The legislation was introduced by state Sen. Martha Escutia, a Hispanic and immigrant rights supporter.

Currently, California’s 33 prisons are housing about double the capacity they were designed to hold. Sending convicted undocumented criminals home would reduce that overcrowding.

And the senator estimates it would save the state about $1 billion, out of more than $8 billion spent each year on prisons.

Regardless of what Congress does on immigration, can we at least agree: if you do the crime, you do the time—back home.

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Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter: @MerrillMatthews.

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