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$46,654: Annual Cost of Detaining Illegal Alien Exceeds Average American Income

illegal-criminal-record illegal immigrationThe federal government paid a “bed rate” of $127.82 per day to house each illegal alien detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2016, according to ICE data published in a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Even if you do not count the extra day in that leap year, that works out to $46,654.30 for each detention bed occupied by an illegal alien for 365 days.

The approximately $46,654 it cost to house a detained illegal alien for 365 days in fiscal 2016 was approximately $104 more than the average income for Americans 15 and older that year—which, according to Census Bureau Table PINC-01, was $46,550.

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The GAO report—“Immigration Detention: Opportunities Exist to Improve Cost Estimates”—examined how ICE calculates its anticipated budgetary needs for detaining illegal aliens. It discovered, for example, that ICE had made some basic mathematical errors in preparing its budget justifications for Congress, including a $34.7 million multiplication error in its fiscal 2014 request and a $129 million multiplication error in its fiscal 2015 request.

ICE also made a $4,000 multiplication error in calculating its fiscal 2018 budget justification, the report said.

“To determine its immigration detention costs, ICE primarily relies on two variables—the average dollar amount required to house one adult detainee for one day (bed rate) and the average daily population (ADP) of detainees,” said the GAO report.

“In order to determine the amount necessary to operate the detention system for adult detainees, ICE multiplies the projected ADP by the projected bed rate by the number of days in the year,” said GAO.

However, GAO discovered, ICE had difficulty successfully executing this multiplication problem in fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2018.

“During our review of ICE’s fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2015 budget requests, we calculated the total amounts requested for ICE’s immigration detention costs using its formula (see fig. 3) and the ADP and bed rate figures provided in the budget request and compared it with ICE’s requested amount,” said he report. “Based on our calculations, the amounts ICE requested are not consistent (by a difference of $34.7 million for fiscal year 2014 and $129 million for fiscal year 2015) with the figures used to develop their estimate.18 ICE officials acknowledged the error.”

“The fiscal year 2018 request also contains a multiplication error that resulted in ICE requesting less funds—$4,000—than using the correct calculation,” said the report.

In Table 4, the report shows what ICE calculated the “bed rate” to be $127.82 for fiscal 2016 (based on the actual data for the first three quarters of that year). That made the cost for detaining an illegal alien for 365 days in that year $46,654.30.

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According to Table 4, ICE also estimated that the “bed rate” would be $132.59 for fiscal 2017 and $133.99 for fiscal 2018.

Assuming that the $133.99 “bed rate” for fiscal 2018 is accurate, that means it will cost the federal government $48,906.35 to detain an illegal alien for 365 days this year.

 

From - CNSNews.com - by Terence P. Jeffrey

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Diane Schilling
3 years ago

What does it cost to set up a tent with a fan and some of the emergency food and water the Obama Administration put in storage? O, and don’t forget a barbed wire fence and guard dogs. No school, no health care, no emergency child birth care with automatic citizenship. These people DO NOT have a right to be here, and neither do the lawyers/reporters who are trying to make their names by saying so.

Uncle Dave
3 years ago

With upwards of 1200 “migrants” arriving on our southern border this weekend, this information is very timely.

And these numbers are for those illegal aliens in custody. This does not count welfare, healthcare, schooling (for those under 18), or crime for those illegals out on the street under so-called “Catch and Release”.

And the crime costs are a very high number, including costs for extra patrol, arrest, house, medically care for, provide lawyers for, and court costs. Not to mention the costs to the victims; repairing home or car damage, time off of work, their medical costs, or worse – loss of life…

Riicardo
3 years ago

So why don’t we just put them on a fast bus to the border or airport or GITMO? Then throw them out the door and say “Have a nice day!”

Phyllis
3 years ago

This is crazy. I am living on social security. I paid into social security from age 19 to 70. I sure don’t get anywhere close to that amount, and all we hear is social security is an entitlement. It isn’t. We need to stop supporting every citizen south of the border that wants hand outs. The United States needs to put American citizens FIRST.

Maria Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  Phyllis

You mirrored my words exactly, Phyllis! Wouldn’t that be great if all of us seniors could realize that amount into our SS benefits and COLAs? Afterall, it is our tax payer funds that are being used to “support” them while they’re detained. I always said that “charity begins at home” before we help others, as so many of our own people are homeless. sick and hungry and many of them are seniors who can no longer afford even senior housing, and the veterans too. Then our govt. leaders sit and wonder why the homeless population has grown by leaps and bounds lately, and it is still growing! Are they that deaf, dumb and blind to the problems this country is having, let alone wanting the illegals to come in so the US can support them? That just does not make any sense at all!!!! What does make sense is: TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN FIRST!” Democrats, Liberals and RHINOs too, come down off your high horses and look around you and start thinking logically as to how this problem needs to be addressed and fixed, or should we the people tell you folks how it should be done? If we do, then we don’t need the likes of you guys, right?

Diane Schilling
3 years ago
Reply to  Phyllis

Our legislators (not just the Dems) have spent years wasting Soc. Sec on ridiculous things to pay back political debts, get re-elected, bring refugees and vagrants from other countries in the hopes that they will vote for their party. The people who paid into this Ponzi scheme can’t do a thing to prevent it — Just check the ruling of the Supreme Court. No wonder Bernie and his ilk are offering $1000/month for citizens. They’ve been doing it for non-citizens for years and getting away with it. If you know someone likely to vote for a Dem or Rino, try to talk to them,. TRUMP IN 2020

Rex Whitmer
3 years ago

I believe that the law still stands that a non-citizen in the USA is responsible for all his or her needs and expenses. If they cannot pay them or have a patron to pay them for them, then they must be returned to their mother country. At least that was the law before Obama and the Liberals took over the American leadership, and tried to force us to give all these personal helps to them! America was founded that everyone could come here, but they had to be self sufficient! These latter day transients are coming so they won’t have to be self sufficient! Send them home, and the next bunch will not come! At one time they came to work, to earn money and send it home! Now they come to be at home with the government paying all their expenses while they live off the American dollar or they come to form a crime syndicate to put fear in the incomers just as they did in their native lands! A few more years of this, and we will all be living as they did where they came from!

Tom Stanley
3 years ago

Just shoot the illegials

Ralph
3 years ago

Even “common core” educated idiots should be pissed at this!

E Johnson
3 years ago

Why we are holding or “detaining” these illegals for more than a day or two is beyond me.

American Believer
3 years ago

Finally, someone is doing the math. The amount is NOT spent on detainees, it is the cost of each new left wing voter.

David
3 years ago

My wife became a naturalized citizen last year, after more than a decade, and well over $10k expenses.
She is every bit as opposed to illegal immigrants as I am.
Don’t feed and house them, DEPORT THEM and let their home country take care of them.

Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  David

Ditto

Clark Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  David

Way, way too late for that solution; no way the USA could locate and deport millions upon millions of people. That train has already left the station. Nice try; no cigar. We can only hope the economy tanks and many of them will voluntarily head home.

Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Of course we can’t find ALL of them, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.
Whenever an illegal IS found, they should be IMMEDIATELY DEPORTED!

N. Cherry
3 years ago

No one from ANY country can walk across the Canadian border and get by with what these people do!!! ABSURD!!!!!!!!!!!
And remember what they did to those poor Cubans coming on perilous boat trips for their very lives??? Why aren’t they
speaking out!!!!!
Where are the other “Letty Garzas” objecting to illegal entry? Bless you Letty! We Americans have NEVER been against
immigration the right way!

Maria Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  N. Cherry

I told Letty Garza basically the same thing and told her my hat’s off to her for saying what she did. Yes, we need more people like her to come forward and show their objection to illegals crossing the border and expecting a “free ride” in America. It’s not fair to the Letty Garza’s and the others who went through the process of becoming American citizens only to be slapped in their faces by the illegals. America, do not cave in to the Democrats/ Liberals who want the illegals to come to our country without being properly processed, just because they think they can have them in their hands to vote for them for a New America (illegals are not eligible to vote in America…everyone knows that!), but take a tougher stance to see that things are done right and no other way! And do not give Visitor Visas so easily as some are taking advantage of that and probably have no intention of returning to their own country when that visa runs out. We could be creating our own problems with illegal immigration with those Visitor Visas!

FTW
3 years ago

This is all part and parcel of transforming America. This is not about what is right or wrong but an agenda to transform America regardless of COSTS. “OUR” 45th President derailed that transformation, the reason why the opposing side is mad as hell. Once the Democrats/Socialists achieve 51% + in the entitlement bucket then fold your tents. Sanctuary cities/States nothing more than holding blocks waiting to get control to make these illegals, legal citizens thus loyal Democrat/Socialists voters. One other voting block are the students, saddled with debt.Should they regain power those debts will be forgiven, one more voting block in the entitlement crowd in transforming America. Come to America everything free in America, as long as you have the working stiff paying the taxes for the Gov. handouts. That’s us! All about power and greed, the two driving forces! The direction of this country will become evident come November. Have the American people become complacent? Does the GOP have the fire in the belly to win and maintain control?

James
3 years ago

Build the Wall and guard it. End illegal immigration now. Use the military and call it national security. If legal immigrants choose to live in this country they must follow our laws. No excuses accepted – including the fake women/ children narratives being pushed by the leftists. The government needs to think ahead – terrorism may be part of our future.

Maria Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  James

I don’t know why Gov. Brown even decided to send the National Guard to our CA border when he specifically did not want them to have anything to do with stopping the illegals crossing our borders or even help the Boarder Patrol agents. If that be the case and he is in direct violation of federal orders, then perhaps Pres. Trump should just send in the regular military folks, arrest Gov. Brown, and get things going so the illegals can be stopped before they cross the border.
That’s one way of saving $46, 654 from housing/care per illegal, from leaving our tax payer funds, multiplied several thousands times over, when it can be used right here at home for our people who are homeless, sick and hungry. It just angers me when our leaders can’t think straight and perhaps just wanting to get their names to go down in history as being caring to the illegals. like Gov. Brown, thus CA being a sanctuary state for all illegals. I am glad to hear that several cities in CA are now fighting the “sanctuary city” status.
James, you are right…..call on the military and call it national security…they can stop anything real fast. If Gov. Brown does not want his National Guard to protect our border then send them home and let Pres. Trump call in the military and let them at it. I’ll bet that border will be secured in no time. All talk and no action doesn’t get anything done at all!!

FTW
3 years ago
Reply to  Maria Gregory

This all all about the transformation of this country. Trying to apply logic and reasoning does not work with the far left/progressives who are determined to change the landscape of this country from independence to dependence. Once they achieve 51% plus in the entitlement bucket ….game is over. There is only way per Rush L. and that is destroy them at the polls for there is no reasoning with them. Trump is Americas last hope and we had best wake up. Not a time to become complacent!! OUR 45th President has revealed the moral decay, the cesspool in Washington where the rule of law is, you are guilty and now one must prove they are innocent. Innocent until proven guilty now in reverse. Dangerous! The goal is keep the accusations / falsehoods coming, right up to November to sway those incapable of critical thinking!

Letty Garza
3 years ago

us as Hispanic of Mexican descent are tired that are family’s did everything the right way and illegals get everything for free. That’s why we voted for Trump and we will vote for him again in 2020. Make America great again

SueK
3 years ago
Reply to  Letty Garza

Same thing with my friend’s family from Ukraine, Russia, Letty. They waited 12 years to do it the right way, and they’re furious when they see so many lawbreakers just jumping the border.

Sure, we’re incensed when we see illegals breaking into America however, it’s the *legal* immigrants who’ve done everything properly who are are the angriest. They should be!

Let’s pray that Mr. Trump puts a stop to this, and soon.

Maria Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  Letty Garza

You go, Letty Garza!!! My hat’s off to you who did it the right way and became American citizens, and Thank You for wanting to help Make America Great Again!

NessT
3 years ago

These people should be treat and street. If they need more then deport to get their care in Mexico, if they are critical then deport after. There has to be consequences for these law breakers instead a shrug and letting us foot the bill for EVERYTHING!

Ralph
3 years ago
Reply to  NessT

…and their Country of origin should be BILLED for their care.

Bev Wiley
3 years ago

Why our courts think if someone breaks into our country we should be responsible for their care is beyond me. If a burglar breaks into our house do we have to support that person and their family? They should not be detained – they should be sent back immediately.

Maria Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  Bev Wiley

I concur with you, Bev. We shouldn’t be held responsible to house and give health care to illegals while our own citizens are homeless and hungry and sick. And it’s our tax payer money that’s being used to pay for the illegals…how unfair is that? I always say that “charity begins at home” before we help others. Again, America is always ready to help other countries first instead of helping its own people, and they need to rethink their policies and get their priorities in the right order. “$46, 654” would be a dream for some people living on Social Security. No wonder the illegals are coming into our country in droves…they know who will take care of them!!!!!!

Gloria P. Sterling
3 years ago
Reply to  Bev Wiley

Yes, Bev and Maria. And then there are our Veterans who are, in many cases, treated very shabbily. Too many believe as b.o. thought that they should take care of themselves since they “volunteered”. (GARBAGE!!!)

Hank
3 years ago
Reply to  Bev Wiley

sounds good, but they just turn around and re-enter. What do you do with repeat offenders?

Scottar
3 years ago
Reply to  Bev Wiley

Yep, that’s what border security is all about.

Candy Warren
3 years ago

HA! Maybe that is one of the JOBS Mr. Sanders is talking about.

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