Colorado taxpayers have paid more than .5 billion dollars to imprison criminal illegal aliens over the past 20 years, according to a report from CBS Denver.
Analysis of State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) applications showed that citizens have paid more than $522 million toward the incarceration of illegal aliens.
In 2015 the Colorado prison system harbored 1,992 illegal aliens, making up 7.8 percent of the total state’s prison population.
The City of Denver’s jail harbored 828 illegal aliens, making up 7.6 percent of the city’s jail population. That’s a cost of over $7 million alone.
Adams County has around 500 illegal aliens floating within its jail system, at a cost of 5.3 million.
“When we say immigration is only a federal problem, it’s not,” says Colorado state senator Kent Lambert (R). “We don’t want people to forget that a lot of the impacts are also on the states because the federal government is not reimbursing us for the cost of this incarceration.”