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CSSA Positions on Federal Legislation - 2004

6/8/04 Support - State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) Funding. CSSA supports continued funding of this program, which assists in covering costs associated with the incarceration of criminal aliens.  Specifically, support to fund SCAAP at $750 million for FY 05 and to approve HR 2435, “The SCAAP Reimbursement Protection Act,” which would reinstate the SCAAP criteria that reimburses state and local governments for inmates accused or convicted of qualifying crimes.

3/10/04 Oppose – HR 2671, the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR) Act. This measure would require state and local police officers to enforce civil immigration laws, or forfeit federal SCAAP funding earmarked to reimburse them for detaining criminals. CSSA is concerned that the proposed CLEAR Act will undermine its primary mission of protecting the public.  In order for local and state law enforcement organizations to be effective partners with their communities, CSSA believes it is imperative that they not be placed in the role of detaining and arresting individuals based solely on a change in their immigration status.  Agencies in California already routinely refer illegal immigrants who have committed other criminal violations to INS and will continue to do so.

3/5/04 Support – The Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2003. (Request from Senator Dianne Feinstein for CSSA Support). This legislation provides for increased gang prosecution and prevention efforts by not only enhancing existing penalties to deter and punish illegal street gangs and gang activity, but also provides funding to support intervention and prevention programs.  The bill establishes high intensity interstate gang activity areas similar to the anti-drug HIDTA program and provides $100 million per year for fiscal years 2004 to 2008 to those areas to target gang violence, provides funding for intervention and prevention programs for at-risk youth and increases funding needed for coordinated law enforcement efforts against violent gangs.