CNN Money published an article a few weeks ago outlining the costs of deportation
in the United States—specifically the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
process, which handles a little over half of the deportations that occur
every year. Most of these spending figures were provided by the Department
of Homeland Security, with supplementary figures provided by think tanks
like the Center for American Progress.
The report was published to reflect on President Trump’s plans to
deport between 2 and 3 million undocumented immigrants—a figure
that is even more staggering when the costs of a single deportation is
Here are some of the 2016 spending highlights from the article:
- Of the 450,000 deportations in the U.S., ICE handled 240,000
- ICE spent roughly $3.2 billion overall on immigrant removal
- Each deportation costs on average $10,384 (and rising)
- ICE spent $129.4 million investigating and catching “immigration
- Of 240,000 deportations, only 15,000 were caught during ICE investigations
Here’s ultimately what costs taxpayers the most amount of money:
For a 31-day stay in a detention center, it costs U.S. taxpayers around
$5,633 for housing, feeding, medical care, staffing, etc. And a 31-day
stay is becoming less and less common. Some detention periods are months
long, even years long, because the courts are overloaded with cases.
Our Malden immigration attorney, Jamie Gorton, weighs in on deportation costs:
the American"The costs of housing ICE detainees is going to skyrocket
as ICE arrests more and more people," Attorney Jamie Gorton said.
"It is much, much harder now to get ICE officers or lawyers to agree
to a bond compared to before the inauguration. Instead of being allowed
to work to support themselves, it's ultimately the American taxpayers
who are going to take the financial hit."
The problem is going to worsen as ICE arrests more and more people, Attorney
Gorton said. "The more people who go into detention, the slower the
Immigration Court becomes, which means that detainees are going to spend
more time in jail overall. That really adds to the bill.”
Finally, Attorney Gorton noted that many immigration lawyers in Boston
were seeing a new trend: detention centers that are
filled to capacity. "I represented two men who were passengers in a car that was stopped
by State Police. ICE arrested the passengers, but there was no room in
the immigration wing so they were kept in the general prison population.
To put people who were just driving home from work and force them into
the same prison population as convicts is dangerous, unfair, and a bad
sign of what's to come."
To read the full article from CNN,