The U.S. government – aka the taxpayers – foots the bill when this country deports an illegal alien.
The federal government pays an estimated $12,500 to arrest, hold and deport each unauthorized immigrant, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy director Kumar Kibble told a Congressional immigration subcommittee in 2011, according to the Houston Chronicle
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Immigration rights activists questioned whether that was money well spent. Common Dreams called the $12,500 cost a “deportation tax,”
saying the U.S. in the fiscal year 2010 spent $5 billion to deport about 393,000 illegal immigrants. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported
this country subsequently deported 396,906 illegal immigrants in fiscal 2011, 409,849 in fiscal 2012, 368,644 in fiscal 2013 and 315,943 in fiscal 2014.
Common Dreams argued, “We can continue down this path and levy a deportation tax on every American in the country today, or we can pass comprehensive immigration reform that turns undocumented workers and their employers into legal taxpayers.”
Meanwhile, National Public Radio reported
in September 2014 that Mexico is helping some unauthorized immigrants from that country apply for a controversial U.S. immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Since the program began in 2012, it has enabled more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to receive temporary relief from deportation and gain work permits lasting at least two years.
Illegal immigrants seeking to become part of the program must pay $465 to the Department of Homeland Security to cover costs for required fingerprinting and fees related to the work permit, and Mexican consulates throughout the United States have paid those fees for some applicants, NPR reported. It said the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., hadn’t kept track of how many DACA applications its consulates had funded nationwide.
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