Anti-immigrant sentiment is all over the southeast region, with exception of North Carolina. South Carolina has been known for anti-immigrant laws and anti-immigrant proposals...this is exactly another reason why I left the EASTCOAST and why hundreds are also leaving...
Instead of building schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, senior citizen centers...but wait that is not an investment to the Sheriff, right?
Sheriffs propose jails for illegals
By Noah Haglund (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Monday, March 17, 2008
South Carolina's sheriffs want to do their part to stem illegal immigration by flagging local inmates for deportation.
But they can't, largely because the federal government doesn't have the resources.
Some sheriffs feel the only way around this is to build special jails just for immigrants. A recent proposal calls for three regional facilities to warehouse the state's convicted criminals awaiting a one-way trip home.
"We're between a rock and a hard place," said Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner, who drafted the proposal for the South Carolina Sheriff's Association. "This is the only thing that we can do."
If successful, the arrangement would be the first of its kind in the country. But it would cost an estimated $12 million to $15 million and take several years to complete. State officials hope to secure federal money to pay for it.
The proposed jails would be minimum security and would house nonviolent offenders. Each would have about 400 beds. In theory, they would free up space at county jails and state prisons.
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According to the article......During a recent count, the agency had 349 prisoners with detainers, or holds, from ICE out of a total population of about 23,900.
Are facilities really needed or is there money to be made from undocumented immigrants?