Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama’s erred when he decided this week to eliminate a federal immigration program.
Suthers, a Republican, said the president should have left the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program intact when he was seeking to trim the federal budget.
The program provides states money to defray the cost of imprisoning illegal immigrants on charges other than immigration violations.
“The State Criminal Assistance Program is one of the important ways the federal government helps states pay for enforcing federal immigration law and incarcerating illegal immigrants,” Suthers said.
“There are plenty of other programs that deserve to be cut instead.”