Every year the Horry County Detention Center submits its booking data and has a chance to get reimbursed for part of the housing cost for anyone deemed a “criminal alien.” Deputy Director Joey Johnson says this year the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice awarded the county with more than $108,000. Johnson says this amount is significant.
Any money we can get through grants or any other awards like this to help off-set the housing costs here is always great for the taxpayers of Horry County.
The program is called SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) and it’s goal is to enhance public safety in communities throughout the nation. Johnson says the federal money is important in the fight to combat the amount illegal immigrants costs taxpayers when they are incarcerated.
It’s just been put out there to assist the local agencies around the country who are housing a significant number of illegal criminal aliens as they are listed. This doesn’t count for the one’s that are just considered illegal and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) may put a hold on them, but they don’t qualify under this.
Dallas based JBI, that specializes in locating and accessing hard-to-find federal reimbursements for local and state entities, provides the research. Horry County was only one of 865 out of more than 3,000 eligible local entities that received funding.