The Huge, Wasteful Cost of Immigration Restrictions

Just a few of the vast waste from immigration restrictions:

Quick Facts on Immigration Enforcement

Deportations and detentions are at historic levels

Approximately 1.5 million people were deported under President Obama’s 1st term, the highest number in any single presidential term

Between 2010-2012, 23 percent of people deported were parents of U.S. citizen children, with many of these children subsequently placed in foster care

Southwest border apprehensions are at their lowest level in 40 years

$18 billion spent on immigration and border enforcement annually greatly exceeds federal spending on all other federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined (Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, Secret Service, and Marshals Service)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection refer more cases for federal criminal prosecution than all the Department of Justice criminal law enforcement agencies combined


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