Alabama Sheriff Stole $1.5M Meant To Feed Immigration Detainees | grassrootsdempolitics.com
A shocking piece by The Week says an Alabama Sheriff, a Republican, personally pocketed $1.5 million meant to feed immigration detainees. Etowah County has a contract with the federal government(DHE-ICE) to house immigration detainees as they await adjudication of their immigration cases. As a result of this contract with the federal government, Etowah County receives federal funds from DHS-ICE to feed the county’s immigration detainees. Turns out when $3 million of the federal funds were not spent on feeding the immigration detainees(surplus), Republican Sheriff Entrekin kept half of that($1.5 million) for himself.
While many people from other parts of the country may find this story shocking, this kind of graft is actually very common, even legal in the deep-red Republican state of Alabama. The same Sheriff Entrekin was in the news a few months ago for a similar story. He apparently spent some $750,000 of Alabama state funds meant to feed state inmates at Etowah County to buy himself a beach house. This story made national news but the shocking part was that Alabama law allowed him to do that.