Thursday, January 27, 2011

$12K To Deport One Illegal Alien

Wow, this is crazy, but not surprising. It costs $12,000.00 to find, arrest, process, take through the legal process, and finally removal one illegal alien.
Washington (AP) - A high-level immigration official says it costs $12,500 to arrest, detain and deport each person removed from the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy director Kumar Kibble has announced that cost at a House subcommittee hearing. Wednesday's hearing focused on whether the Obama administration is doing enough to round up people working illegally in the U.S. ICE deported almost 393,000 people from the U.S. in 2010. At $12,500 per person the cost to remove them was almost $5 billion.

An estimated 11 million people are in the U.S. without proper documentation.
Actually I would have thought it costs more as Deportation Officers don't come cheap, GS-12 salaries at their full performance level, plus Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, which is 25% of the base pay plus locality, but I think ICE is averaging those in expedited removal. Which actually brings us to the import point, it costs so much because so few illegal aliens are deported using expedited removal.
Expedited removal is the process by which a non-U.S. citizen [sic. Or national. More accurately any alien.] can be denied entry and physically removed from a U.S. Port of Entry (“POE”) upon seeking admission to the United States. Orders of expedited removal are issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officials at a POE. The expedited removal process can only be used in certain situations when CBP officers have determined that an individual is inadmissible for one, or a combination of, the following reasons:
Fraud or misrepresentation
[INA Section 212(a)(6)(C)(i)];
Falsely claiming U.S. citizenship [INA
Section 212(a)(6)(C)(ii)];
An intending immigrant who is not in possession
of a valid unexpired immigrant visa or other suitable entry document [INA
Section 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(I)];
A nonimmigrant who is not in possession of a
passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months from the date of the expiration
of the initial period of stay [INA Section 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(II)(i)]; or
A nonimmigrant who is not in possession of a valid nonimmigrant visa or border
crossing card at the time of application for admission [INA Section
212(a)(7)(A)(i)(II)(ii)].

Most expedited orders that are seen in our office involve some type of fraud or misrepresentation charge. On occasion, we do see expedited orders issued on Section 212(a)(7) grounds only. Individuals facing expedited removal do not have a right to counsel or to a hearing before an immigration judge. CBP officials at the U.S. POE conduct the expedited removal process completely and exclusively. [sic. Expedited Removal applies to many classes of aliens already in the United States and is administered by ICE and the U.S. Border Patrol, not just CBP Office of Field Operations (Ports-of-Entry).] The process is usually completed within a matter of hours.

Expedited removal carries a five (5) year bar to re-entering the U.S. This means that individuals issued orders of expedited removal cannot re-enter the U.S. for a minimum period of five (5) years from the date of expedited removal unless they apply for and are granted permission to reapply for admission to the U.S. (Form I-212).

If the basis of the expedited removal falls under INA § 212(a)(6)(C), then a lifetime bar to entry also applies. Individuals in this situation will require permission to reapply (I-212) plus the appropriate fraud waiver to enter the U.S. within five (5) years of the expedited removal order.
Here is the law itself.
Despite minor expansions of expedited removal from Ports-of-Entry, the Clinton, Bush and Obama Regimes have refused to fully implent expedited removal, all in hope of having as many illegal aliens in the U.S. for the various amnesties that have been promulgated or proposed.
The DHS estimates that it would cost $135 billion to deport every illegal alien. It would be cost effective given the costs of illegal aliens, but that $135 billion cost presumes the cost of formal removal proceedings, not expedited removal, which would be much cheaper. And we know that the cost of Operation Wetback that removed hundreds of thousands did not cost nearly as much.
The cost of deportion is one of the major arguements of RINOS and the left for an amnesty, but the current Regime has one of the tools at its disposal to efficatiously remove large numbers of aliens at a minimal cost. But obviously the Regime does not desire to see that the laws of the United States are implemented.

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