The federal government paid a “bed rate” of $127.82 per day to house each illegal alien detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal 2016, according to ICE data published in a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Even if you do not count the extra day in that leap year, that works out to $46,654.30 for each detention bed occupied by an illegal alien for 365 days.
The approximately $46,654 it cost to house a detained illegal alien for 365 days in fiscal 2016 was approximately $104 more than the average income for Americans that year (which was $46,550).
According to the same data, ICE also estimated that the “bed rate” would be $132.59 ($48,395.35) for fiscal 2017 and $133.99 ($48,906.35/yr) for fiscal 2018. The cost is going up, and up, and up.
After an illegal immigrant is released into the United States (per refugee or asylum status), the cost to the American taxpayer increases further. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, American taxpayers shell out approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member per year. This includes services provided at the federal, state, and local levels and includes: education, medical, justice expenditures, and welfare programs.
So, for ONE illegal immigrant to come into the United States, it costs:
$48,906.35 (2018 estimate for one year in a detention facility)
Plus, $8,075 (2018 estimate for one year of government paid services after release)
TOTAL: $56,981.35 in American taxpayer dollars FREE to EACH illegal immigrant per year
(Not to mention the IRS-documented 1.3 million identity thefts by illegal aliens in 2016. What is the additional cost of dealing with that?)
Some estimates are saying that there are 7,000 to 10,000 migrants in the current caravan.
That would cost the American taxpayer $398,869,450 to $569,873,500 for 1-year of services just for illegal aliens of this caravan!