The Trump administration released a new report this week that American taxpayers will surely find disturbing. If nothing else, the details prove why immigration reform is absolutely crucial to the physical and economic health of hard-working citizens.
A 2017 joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department revealed another serious consequence of ignoring the problem of criminal illegals. Published on Thursday, the report noted that more than 90% of foreign nationals in federal prisons aren’t born in the U.S.
In addition, just over one in five individuals in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service or Federal Bureau of Prisons entered the country illegally. At the fiscal year-end, a total of 58,766 known or suspected foreign nationals were incarcerated in America. Shockingly, that number doesn’t include inmates in local jails or state prisons.
Suffice it to say, the price tag for taxpayers is staggering. According to a 2016 report from the Prison Bureau, the average cost to house a federal inmate in 2015 was $31, 977 a year. Presuming that cost is the same this year, the total to incarcerate foreigners in the U.S. is almost $2 billion.
And again, that does not account for costs associated with county and state inmates.
How Much is Too Much?
Ironically, critics of President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the Mexico border argue that it’s too costly. However, when you combine the price tag of incarceration at the federal level, with other costs associated with illegal immigration, taxpayers are already on the hook for nearly $200 billion annually.
Putting that into perspective, Trump could build 10-20 border walls with that money. And that would be a one-time expenditure, not a recurring yearly expense. Nevertheless, the financial burden is only part of the problem this report highlights. The more important and substantially costlier issue is the threat to American lives.
“At the border and in communities across America, our citizens are being victimized by illegal aliens who commit crimes,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Nearly 95 percent of confirmed aliens in our federal prisons are here illegally. The simple fact is that any offense committed by a criminal alien is ultimately preventable.”