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Latino Daily News

Friday January 28, 2011

Deportion Costs the U.S. $12,500 a Person

Deportion Costs the U.S. $12,500 a Person

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As the immigration battle is being fought all across the nation, one U.S. immigration official is sharing just how much it costs to have a single person deported.

Deputy Director Kumar Kibble of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced that to deport just one person, it costs the government $12,500.

In 2010, ICE deported just under 393,000 people. At a cost of $12,500 a person, that puts the cost at almost $5 million.

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, so as politicians argue about the negative effects of undocumented immigrants and Americans worry about the country’s economy, one has to wonder, can we afford to spend billions or even trillions deporting people?