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Flake, McCain Introduce Bill To Keep Immigration Enforcement Reimbursement

The White House proposed budget cuts dozens of domestic programs, including one that reimburses states for immigration enforcement. U.S. senators from Arizona introduced a billTuesday to keep that program in place.

Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain introduced legislation to keep the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program through 2021. The program reimburses states for the cost of incarcerating criminal immigrants. President Donald Trump’s current proposed budget cuts this program.

In 2015, SCAAP dollars for Arizona, counties and tribal governments were about $6 million. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received $792,124.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.