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.