Thursday, September 13, 2007

94 Billion Dollars:The Price Tag to Deport

According to Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE), it will cost the agency approximately $94 billion to deport everyone who is undocumented. The figure does not include impacts like the cost of lost productivity (i.e. the impact on production), the humanitarian impact on the families, communities and friends left behind or on the countries of origin who would have to absorb the repatriated families and individuals.

The ICE estimate also does not include the cost of constructing new detention facilities to hold the people suspected of being undocumented. Nor do they talk about what would be done with these facilities after everyone is deported. Who will we fill those facilities with next?

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