Illegal Inmates In Fort Wayne A "Burden" On Taxpayers

By Laura Donaldson

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana Senator Dennis Kruse says there are as many as 500,000 illegal immigrants in the Hoosier state.

Those immigrants are causing a “burden” on Allen County taxpayers according to Allen County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Dave Gladieux.

Gladieux says there are currently 19 illegal inmates in the Allen County Jail. A number he says is a constant problem.

“It's a burden on the tax payers,” Gladieux said. “It would be 19-26 fewer inmates a year if you look at it that way. And we are on a much smaller scale if than on the national level of course. And we're not a border state. Every state in the nation probably has a problem in one way shape or form.”

Gladieux says on average illegal inmates cost taxpayers $45 a day plus the additional cost of translators.

Gladieux says the Sheriff’s Department reports the illegal immigrants but doesn’t deport them.

“We're not in the business to deport,” Gladieux says. “We are simply a holding facility. We are a pre-adjudicated facility for the most part. So that will be up to the federal government to do the deporting.”

The federal government has an agency called “ICE” or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which deport illegal immigrants.

Gladieux says the Sheriff’s Department supports Arizona’s immigration law.

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