U.S. taxpayers are paying out well in excess of $6.78 billion every year to incarcerate around 450,000 illegal immigrants who are eligible for deportation, according to new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The staggering amount is based on a daily rate of $18.6 million per day incarceration cost calculated by the DOJ in 2001. This means that the actual expense is considerably higher, given that a decade has passed and the immigration invasion has continued apace.
According to the latest report from the DHS Inspector General (IG), there are “approximately 300,000 to 450,000 criminal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, county, and local correctional facilities [who] are eligible for removal from the United States.”
A DOJ spokesman told independent news outlet CNSNews.com that the latest data available shows that “average annual operating costs per state inmate for Fiscal Year 2001 was $22,650; in the Federal Bureau of Prisons it was $22,632.”
According to CSNNews.com, these “annual operation costs exclude capital expenditures, juvenile corrections, probation, parole, and most central office functions of corrections spending.
“The cost of $22,650 per year to house just one inmate at the state level equals about $62 a day ($22,650 divided by 365 days). In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it also averages out to $62 per day ($22,632 divided by 365 days),” the report said.
“Given this daily average expense (based on fiscal year 2001 costs), it can be estimated that the cost of housing 300,000 incarcerated illegal aliens in U.S. prisons would equal $18.6 million per day; the cost for housing 450,000 incarcerated illegal aliens would equal $27.9 million per day. If inflation in prison costs since 2001 were factored in, the expense would be even greater,” CNSNews said.
A surprisingly large number of these illegal aliens are members of the central and south American street gangs which are swamping the streets of cities and towns all over our country.
The prisoners involved here are foreign-born nationals who have come into the United States, committed a crime, been captured, and imprisoned.
Half of the undocumented aliens who were removed from the United States in fiscal 2010 (which ended on Sept. 30) had been convicted of a crime in the United States.
According to a 2007 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “Operation Community Shield” Fact Sheet, a threat assessment survey “showed that most major metropolitan areas were experiencing a surge in gang activity. Additionally, the survey showed that membership of these violent transnational gangs was comprised largely of foreign-born nationals.”
Figures released by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which is an office of the U.S. Department of Justice, indicated that there are at least 30,000 gangs and 800,000 gang members active across America today. In 1999, Hispanics accounted for 47 percent of all gang members, blacks 34 percent, whites 13 percent, and Asians 7 percent.
Other figures released by the DHS and ICE last week showed that half of the undocumented aliens who were removed from the United States in fiscal year 2010, which ended on Sept. 30, were convicted criminals.
“In fiscal year 2010, ICE set a record for overall removals of illegal aliens, with more than 392,000 removals nationwide,” an Oct. 6 press release from the DHS said.
“Half of those removed — more than 195,000 — were convicted criminals.”
“The fiscal year 2010 statistics represent increases of more than 23,000 removals overall and 81,000 criminal removals compared to fiscal year 2008 — a more than 70 percent increase in removal of criminal aliens from the previous administration,” added the release.
* Given that there are around 2,304,115 inmates in jails in America, an illegal immigrant criminal population of 450,000 translates to 19.5 percent of the entire prison population.
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