…the governator, Arnold Swarzenegger has brain-farted out the idea of outsourcing our inmates to cheaper, Mexican, prisons.

But do Mexicans think Arnie is "Numero Uno"? Lo dudo.

From SFGate, via Foreign Policy’s Passport blog:

“We pay them to build the prisons down in Mexico and then we have those undocumented immigrants be down there in a prison. … And all this, it would be half the cost to build the prisons and half the cost to run the prisons,” Schwarzenegger said, predicting it would save the state $1 billion that could be spent on higher education.

About 19,000 of the state’s 171,000 prisoners are illegal immigrants, according to the most recent statistics available online. The state spends more than $8 billion a year on the prison system.

Aaron McLear, spokesman for the governor, said later that Schwarzenegger’s comments did not represent a concrete proposal, but “a concept somebody mentioned to him” and he could not say where the governor came up with the $1 billion figure.

Who let him go off script?! Silly handlers, I bet their kickin’ themselves over this.

This is quite relevant to the thoughts I’ve been mulling over recently about globalization, particularly while I was reading Zygmunt Bauman’s Wasted Lives (finished now, btw, and it was awesome).

The reason people get upset about globalization, is cuz only the crappy stuff gets globalized (i.e. exported from rich countries to poor countries): slave wage level jobs, low labor standards, pollution, garbage, corruption, and, now, if the governator has his way, prison populations.

Why don’t we just go ahead and ship all our difficult things to Mexico?  Let’s ship our elderly, and mentally disabled to Mexico too, I’m sure there they could be cared for for cheaper. (They could certainly get their meds for cheaper).

Just as its crappy to send our garbage to China or Bangladesh (which we do a lot of), or to burden other countries with the pressure to produce all our goods on the cheap (quashing labor rights if need be), or to force other nations to open their economies to imports so we can thrive (oh, just read the Shock Doctrine), it’s immoral to outsource any other problem that is produced within our society.

And no, I don’t care if he’s talking about outsourcing “illegal” immigrant offenders. The criminal trials took place here, and we are responsible for them.

(And btw, the sfgate journo mentions that 19,000 of the 171,000 prisoners are illegal immigrants, but it would be helpful to know how many are Mexican illegal immigrants, unless the Schwarz is planning on shipping Guatemalans, Vietnamese, Russians, and whoever else to Mexico too.)