Re: Possible compromise on immigration reform takes shape
posted at 1/29/2013 2:34 PM EST
In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:
$375K per deportation that's most likely overstated
Actually it's most likely understated by an awful lot. You just don't know the costs, nor the immigration system.
A few large costs:
1. 2-3 years of imprisonment, while the person is held and exhausts appeal. (45k/yr, as per below) = 90-135,000.
2. Appointment of attorney to represent person for immigration hearings and appeal of decisions. (~10-20k avg I would estimate)
3. New facilities to house EIGHT MILLION new inmates. Roughly 2,300,000 people are incarcerated. So we would need to build FOUR TIMES as many facilities as are now maintainedat 78 billion/year, but we'd have to do it from scratch. Let that sink in.
4. Hiring: Prison guards, doctors, cooks, ICE agents - everyone involved in arresting,moving,housing the illegals. (A typical police offier is about 50k, not counting benefits/overtime).
5. Buses/trains - something to ship all these people out.
And that's just deportation. There are further costs:
6. Either the cost of completely shutting out new entrants, or a repeat of 1-5 per re-entrant.
7. If successful, the economic lost sunk cost of all those people hired to herd out the illegals - a job for which there would be zero demand if the effort succeeded, leaving those people wtihout jobs --> Welfar, social services, etc. to get them back on their feet.
8. Increasing agricultural losses as farmers discover they cannot afford to pay the amount that it would take to attract Americans to do the work previously done by farmers. Lost crops, etc.
9. Lost sunk cost of expanding our prison capacity by 400%, all resulting buildings being useless if deportation effort succeds.
Anyone who thinks that complete deportation is a viable option is lying or is insane.
Year of imprisonment: $45,000 or so, depending on where.