Treasurer Dean Martin Sends Napolitano Bill for Housing Illegal Immigrants; Says There's 10-1 Chance She'll Pay Up
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Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin sent Homeland Security Chief and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano a bill for more than $1 billion and he's not too optimistic that she's gonna pay up.
Martin believes -- as did Napolitano during her reign in Arizona -- that the federal government is responsible for paying the tab for illegal immigrants Arizona is forced to house as a result of the "total failure of the federal government" to secure the Mexican border.
Martin's claim isn't just a Southwestern-state sense of entitlement, it's a law under the state Criminal Alien Assistance Plan, which Nappy referenced in her own pleas to the feds while she was governor.
"She said, basically, the system was broken back in 2004, 5, 6, 7, and 8," Martin said at a press conference this morning. "We're hoping to remind her that this portion of the system is still broken. We need your help to fix this."
In a seemingly sarcastic gesture -- considering Martin's lack of optimism that Janet is gonna pay up, and a longtime feud between the two -- Martin referenced a letter penned by Napolitano back in 2008, in which she argues the same points made in Martin's decree.
Always a numbers guy, Martin says the odds of Napolitano and the feds actually paying the bill is 10-1 but that he is willing to sue to retrieve the money.
Calls to Napolitano's office to find out if she has any plans on paying the tab were not returned this morning. She's probably a little busy, though -- trying to "fix the system" that she claimed worked despite its failure to prevent a known Islamic radical on government watch lists to buy a one-way ticket to Detroit and sneak a bomb on an airplane.