CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry wants the federal government to reimburse Texasfor the cost of holding illegal immigrants in state prisons.
Perry said Wednesday that Texas spends $13.5 million each monthdetaining illegal immigrants who are either serving their sentencesor awaiting deportation. He also called for programs to speedidentification of suspects who enter the country illegally.
Appearing at a campaign stop in Corpus Christi, Perry said thereare an estimated 9,000 illegal immigrants in the custody of theTexas Department of Criminal Justice.
Perry said he will send a letter to Homeland Security SecretaryJanet Napolitano to request reimbursement.
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