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Latino Daily News

Wednesday October 12, 2011

Texas Convicts Born Outside U.S. Asking to be Deported

Texas Convicts Born Outside U.S. Asking to be Deported

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In Texas, foreign-born convicts are clamoring to leave U.S., as they are being the option to serve their time in the U.S. or agree to return to their place of birth.

As of September 1st, immigrant convicts have been allowed to apply to be sent back from whence they came.

State Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson, said, “It’s amazing how quickly some people can change their mind about being in this country when they might be able to use it to get out of prison, isn’t it? The rush of applications appears to be on. I never expected it.”

Rep. Madden wrote the new Texas law.

Officials have said about 11,500 of 154,000 convicts currently in Texas’ 111 prisons are foreign-born, and having them leave out of the prisons would have the state more than $200 million.

However, many legislators, prosecutors, and other people of the law are worried that those approved for deportation could return and commit additional crimes in the U.S.

“We know that when you punish someone appropriately, they are less likely to commit a crime,” Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley told KVUE-TV. “When you punish someone leniently, they get the wrong message, they come back, and they repeat their crime.”