Perry, Illegals, and Public Housing

by Kevin D. Williamson

Rick Perry is billing the federal government for costs Texas incurred providing public housing to illegal immigrants. Of course, this being Texas, public housing means prison. AP:

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs he says Texas has incurred incarcerating illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry reiterated a claim he’s often leveled against the federal government: that it’s not doing enough to secure the border with Mexico and as a result, has allowed illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including the prison system.

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