Governator wants to send prisoners to Mexico
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger floated a different approach to trimming down California’s bloated prison budget on Monday: pay Mexico to build new prisons and ship off California’s incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border.
The Republican governor has pushed to house California inmates out-of-state before — but never in a different country.
“We can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take inmates, for instance the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here, and get them to Mexico,” Schwarzenegger said during a question-and answer session at the Sacramento Press Club. “Think about it.”
It’s cheaper to build prisons in Mexico, Schwarzenegger reasoned, and it’s cheaper to staff them there to boot.
Don’t you just love how the only time politicians get creative is when it involves finding new ways to keep people incarcerated? Hey Arnold, you know what will save the state a lot of money? Releasing all non-violent drug offenders. But that’s not going to happen, is it?
Anyway, the idea has a nice redneck political ring to it — shipping Mexicans back across the border and keeping them locked up so they can’t come back. Only one problem: with the state’s prison system overflowing with good old-fashioned Americans, how long before we start shipping U.S. citizens down south for lockup? You know, away from silly little things like judicial oversight?
Of course the idea is a political nonstarter. Folks in Orange County — otherwise know as the Mexican hating capital of the free world — may be soiling their underwear with joy, but the prison guard union in California is far too powerful to allow any of their jobs to be shipped south.
Then again, if any state can pull this off it’s California. We have a pretty good track record when it comes to union-busting, amoral, airheaded actor/politicians.