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.