Umatilla County sheriff asks Mex. government to pay for prisoners
Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo has sent Mexico's president a bill for $318,843 — the cost of jailing 360 Mexicans last year.
U.S. taxpayers "have to pay for housing these guys in the jail; they have to pay for the courts, the prosecution and the defense," Trumbo told The East Oregonian newspaper of Pendleton.
Fernando Sanchez, general consul for the Mexican government in Oregon, said Tuesday he believed that Mexican President Vicente Fox would respond to the letter. He also said Trumbo's analysis was too limited.
"My view is that he's not taking note of the economic contribution of the workers there in Umatilla County, which is significant," Sanchez said.
Like slaves made "economic contributions" in the South?
In the letter he mailed to Fox last week, Trumbo argued that "each time an illegal immigrant from Mexico was booked into our jail, we were forced to release local prisoners to make bed space available to your citizens."
Something I actually documented in the Washinton County Jail.
So who else is on board with this? I've asked several local law enforcement agencies to do these kind of publicity stunts to keep this issue in the news, raise awareness, and force the federal government to realize that we are not going to take this invasion lying down.