Follow if you can. A Dallas conservative think-tank backs cutting sentences for illegal immigrants in jail for non-violent crimes as much as half. The idea is it saves money on incarceration and speeds deportation. Think hard on that one. Plenty of conservative factions aren’t nativist; they see the economic boon open immigration brings and they don’t see immigrants as a threat to American culture like the Pat Buchanans and Tom Tancredos on the right. Fine and good. That’s not what’s confusing.
The bottom line of the NCPA approach, as Scott Henson points out, is that illegal immigrants get more leniency than red-blooded American convicted criminals. Which hardly seems right. But then, the primary worry about early release of non-violent offenders (which include burglars and thieves) is they go back to their old ways in their communities as soon as they’re released. Even in Dallas, where it’s “safe.” But since any illegal immigrants who might get their sentences cut would be deported, it’s not like they’re going to be going back to their old ways here in los Estados Unidos de AmÃ©rica. Because crossing the border without authorization is nigh impossible.
Meanwhile, the feds and Dallas authorities are spending time and money arresting 49 illegal immigrants working hard at jobs where they try to prevent crime on private property.