DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Sent By: trevor.pearson@mail.house.gov
Date: 11/30/2015

Support Local Governments

Support SCAAP – State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

Letter Endorsed by the National Associaiton of Counties

The deadline to sign onto this letter is COB, December 2 2015.

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) during final FY 2016 appropriations deliberations.  SCAAP is a grant program that reimburses states and local governments for the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes.

Compensation to local law enforcement agencies under SCAAP currently covers less than 18% of the actual cost of incarcerating undocumented criminal offenders. Further reducing resources for this vital program would shift an even greater burden onto states for what is a federal responsibility.

The text of the letter is below.  Deadline is COB Wednesday December 2nd.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Pearson in my office at 5-2315 or trevor.pearson@mail.house.gov.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

 

Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.

Member of Congress

 

December __, 2015

 

 

The Honorable Harold Rogers

Chairman

House Appropriations Committee

H-305, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nita Lowey

Ranking Member

House Appropriations Committee

1016 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Frank Wolf

Chairman

Subcommittee on Commerce,

Justice and Science

House Appropriations Committee

H-309, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Chaka Fattah

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Commerce,

Justice and Science

House Appropriations Committee

1016 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairmen Rogers and Wolf and Ranking Members Lowey and Fattah:

As you work towards finalizing the FY 2016 appropriations process, we urge you to appropriate adequate resources to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) at a level appropriate to effectively execute the program’s purpose.

As you know, SCAAP is a grant program that reimburses states and local governments for the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes. By law, the federal government is ultimately responsible for immigration enforcement, including the incarceration of undocumented criminal offenders. When this is not possible, the law requires the federal government to compensate state and local governments for their incarceration costs.

Although appropriations levels for SCAAP have decreased dramatically in recent years, the costs incurred by states to fulfill what is essentially a federal function have increased. We cannot afford to reduce resources for this vital program, which already falls far short of what states and local governments actually spend to incarcerate undocumented criminal offenders. Reducing federal SCAAP reimbursements forces state and local law enforcement agencies to absorb a greater portion of the costs of a federal responsibility.

We recognize the challenges of the current fiscal environment and thank you for your effort and dutiful consideration of FY 2016 appropriations priorities. We respectfully ask that that the benefits of SCAAP to our local jurisdictions be carefully considered and that the program be appropriated at a level consistent with its federally mandated responsibility.

Sincerely,