While the status of the immigration executive action (IEA) remains in limbo until later this month, a report compiled by the Center for American Progress (CAP) has pointed out that, should the IEA be permanently blocked, the resulting costs of deporting the about 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would be an astounding $50.3 billion. Per person, this works out to deportation costs of about $10,070.

Breaking down this down in another way, the Center for American Progress noted that these deportation costs would include:

  • About $10.4 billion for apprehension costs
  • About $28.1 billion for detention costs
  • About $6.3 billion for legal processing costs
  • About $5.54 billion for transportation costs.

Although the opposition to the immigration executive action has been primarily focused on alleging that the IEA is unconstitutional, not much has been said in the way of how these deportation costs would be covered if the IEA were not to take effect.

Deportation Costs May Be Less, CAP Report Notes

illegal immigrant being arrested by ICE
illegal immigrant being arrested by ICE

It’s important to point out that the numbers above assume that, should the immigration executive action be permanently blocked, efforts will be made to deport all 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Opponents of the IEA have noted that they don’t necessarily want or intend to deport every single undocumented immigrant in the U.S., as it just may not be feasible. The primary objection that this opposition has, it contends, is that these immigrants could work and receive benefits in the U.S.

With the IEA in jeopardy, some are calling for Congress to come together to enact some meaningful immigration reform that could replace DACA and still provide help to undocumented immigrants.

Such sentiments were noted by Philip E. Wolgin, Associate Director for Immigration at the Center for American Progress and report author, when he stated the following:

Instead of pretending that the United States will deport all 5 million individuals shielded by the president’s executive action, Congress should come together and pass an immigration reform bill that puts them on a path to legal status, toward becoming full and equal members of society.

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