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U.S. Government Spends Huge Amount To Enforce Immigration

By January 7, 2013

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The U.S. government is spending more money to enforce immigration than on all other federal law enforcement efforts combined, including the FBI and Secret Service, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group.

MPI researchers found that the Obama administration spent about $18 billion on immigration enforcement in the 2012 fiscal year. Most of it went to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and Customs and Border Protection.

The immigration budget tops that of the other major federal law enforcement agencies by about $3.6 billion, the study found. The immigration costs range from illegal immigrant incarcerations, to deportations, to border control, to criminal prosecutions.

Researchers said the federal government has spent more than $187 billion since Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986 during the Reagan administration.

If you can't think of any other reason to support comprehensive immigration reform, how about expense? The cost to the nation of running a broken system is ridiculously high.


January 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(1) MarkWisdom says:

Interesting story about the amount of money spent on “Immigration Enforcement”. Especially so due to the selective enforcement factor. It seems hard to believe that it is impossible to enforce the immigration when you know someone is in the country illegally, you know where they live, and still you allow them to stay in the country illegally, i.e. Obama’s Aunt and Uncle.

January 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm
(2) Galactus93 says:

We need a Federal Government that will go after the businesses that are hiring these illegal aliens. We should make it impossible for an illegal alien to get or keep a job in the United States. It would be cheaper to go after businesses then deport each illegal alien.

January 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(3) Dave Francis says:


Illegal alien Mothers know they have an Anchor or foothold in our welfare state under this present law, as once they are over the border or are leaving an international airport through immigration they are free. Annually the cost to financially support the families of foreign nationals is accelerating past the hundred billion dollar mark. If foreign workers wish to become a temporary seasonal job, then America should adopt a guest worker program as established in Canada. The Washington Post newspaper (For once I agree with) presently is concurring with this Canadian program, which was initiated through a successful employment arrangement with Mexico. Whereas the American Guest Worker program is in ugly chaos and ripe with fraud, whereas the Canadian is a well prearranged, regulated and stringently applied. Note that migrants do not have to pay smugglers for passage and enter Canada with a visa, a job and receive health care and other benefits, then returning home with cash in their pockets and not looking over their shoulder for Immigration agents.

January 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(4) Dave Francis says:

Second demand that the legislators who are supposedly in Washington to protect American rights in amending BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP. This bill becoming law will completely halt illegal alien women from smuggling their children into our nation and gaining immediate citizenship. Once a new amendment is applied, babies will not be gaining U.S. citizenship without one parent already a citizen. IT WILL ALSO SLOW THE CHAIN MIGRATION, which swells the ranks of families that are able to legally immigrate here by using a sponsor. But eventually the sponsor stops supporting their older kin who need welfare to survive. The children that are smuggled here by their illegal alien parents are the major core of the DREAM ACT KIDS, which is also an issue that will be prolonged until an amendment to the Birthright Citizenship bill is enacted, for future restriction ending this travesty?

January 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(5) Dave Francis says:


Illegal immigration is an explosive term and it is not going to be silenced or fade away? On June 6, 2007 a highly respected Senior Research expert Robert Rector a fellow at the Heritage Foundation after years of analysis and examination has concluded that a Path to Citizenship or as also recognized as new Amnesty would eventually cost taxpayers the grand sum of $2.6 TRILLION dollars. NOT BILLIONS, but TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Currently the House is in a verbal battle with President Obama and his Czars to cut drastically a $16 Trillion treasury debt cultivated by bloated government, entitlements and other policies. This unimaginable deficit, a spending negative extravaganza would plummet us deeper into a state and federal insolvency. To alleviate the catastrophe of a comprehensive program to give the underestimated 11 million illegal aliens some form of Amnesty. We, the people must demand; YES demand from Congress to enact the LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT restraining the further encouragement of illegal workers from jobs, by mandating the E-Verify computer program.

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