GA debates incentives for illegal alien crackdown

A Cobb County lawmaker is proposing legislation that would provide financial incentives to encourage local law enforcement to use a federal program aimed at identifying illegal aliens arrested in Georgia.

The bill sponsored by Sen. John Wiles would provide a 20 percent bonus from the state to local governments that use a federal program that helps them identify illegal immigrants in custody.

It also would provide a 10 percent bonus for another program that allows arrestee fingerprint information to be checked against FBI criminal history records.

The Kennesaw Republican says people who are in the country illegally are committing crimes in areas that do not have these programs, costing communities money.