Border counties’ fiscal woes mount as Obama releases illegals instead of detaining them

Border counties’ fiscal woes mount as Obama releases illegals instead of detaining them

[Ed. – This article basically lies through omission, going out of its way to avoid revealing that the only real change in the last couple of years is the Obama policy of encouraging and then ignoring or releasing illegals.]

In Texas, the heart of a jail-building boom over the past decade, nine of 21 counties that created agencies to issue about $1.3 billion in municipal bonds to build privately run correctional facilities largely for migrants have defaulted on their debt. A dozen other facilities from Florida to Louisiana to Arizona, many that housed immigrants, have also defaulted, according to figures from Municipal Market Analytics, a bond-research firm based in Concord, Massachusetts.

The slowdown in border detentions is putting a fiscal strain on counties that rushed to build jails in anticipation that a two-decade boom in immigrant inmates would continue. Municipalities that banked on those facilities for revenue and jobs are desperate to keep them afloat as a glut of beds goes empty and walls gather dust. …

Last year, Texas counties had $709 million in scheduled debt service for so-called lease-purchase obligations, most of which are for jail facilities, up from $273 million in 2000, according to figures from the Texas Bond Review Board.

The increased debt grew right before migration patterns and immigration policy began to shift. Last year, there were 487,000 apprehensions, about the same level as in 1973, compared with a peak of nearly 1.7 million in 2000, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. That’s partly because an improving Mexican economy and drug cartel violence kept fewer people from venturing north.

At the same time, the trend of locking up migrants has eased.

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