Salem Man Says Illegal Alien Prison Data is Worth a Look
October 11, 2013, 10:23 am
By Steve Leader & Jeremy Scott
SALEM -- Every month for the past four years, David Cross
has been sending emails to Oregon sheriffs, lawmakers and the media.
In his spare time, Cross collects information documenting the financial impact of foreign nationals in Oregon prisons and jails. He says all his data comes from reputable sources.
Cross says the latest figures show 8% of the state's prison population is made up of people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes here.
He says the federal government does not fully reimburse the state for all costs. Cross says his research shows the annual cost to Oregon taxpayers is $36,000,000.
Not all the people who receive emails from Cross take time to read them. Still, he feels that even just one voice can make a difference.