HAMILTON—The federal government will soon receive the first of several hefty bills from Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones for the housing of suspected illegal aliens in the county jail.
Following through on a threat made last week, Jones on Wednesday mailed a bill totaling $71,610 to the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the cost of housing 15 “undocumented” people, some of whom have been in the jail since June.
Last week, Jones, County Commissioner Michael Fox and state Rep. Courtney Combs announced a multi-tiered initiative to eliminate illegal aliens living in the county and throughout the state.
Among the initiatives was the implementation, on Monday, of a new booking process to include the signing of declarations of citizenship by jail inmates.
Those in jail for misdemeanor offenses who falsify their information, or are found to be illegal aliens, will be reported to ICE—the enforcement arm of the Federal Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services—for possible immediate deportation.
Those who are jailed for a felony offense, will first stand trial for their crimes and then face possible deportation.
To force the issue, Jones is billing the federal government $70 a day for every illegal alien housed at the jail—$10 above the average daily cost of housing an inmate.
While Jones acknowledged that ICE is not under obligation to pay the bill, he said his next step will be to load the questionable inmates into buses and deliver them to immigration offices in Cincinnati.