Legal Immigrants Detained For Months At Huge Cost To Taxpayers
Throw this into the pot of immigration fixes that need to be addressed.
The ACLU reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has 34,000 immigrants in custody, at a cost of $2 billion a year to taxpayers. Most are not dangerous and don’t need to be detained while awaiting their immigration hearings. Many are actually of legal status, as long-term green card holders.
Reuters reported that it costs $119 a day to detain an immigrant.
According to Business Insider, if immigrants were required to wear electronic monitors while their cases were under review it would cost only $17.78, and they could remain with their families.