I'm hoping someone out there can explain why we, the citizens of Umatilla County, have paid $200,000 to lodge three illegal immigrants in our jail for three years! In Sheriff John Trumbo's letter to President Bush (Trumbo to Bush: Seal our borders, EO, July 7, 2007), he stated these three illegal immigrants have been "charged with aggravated murder and robbery and have been housed in my jail for the last three years at a total cost to my citizens of $200,000."

I know our legal system is bogged down and it can take a while to set a court date but come on - three years? What's the problem? Why hasn't a trial date been set? Get these deadbeats off the payroll and move on.

Marna Hood

Pendleton

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