To Deport or To Incarcerate

WHAT IT IS

  • Experts believes there are 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.
  • President Trump claimed there are two to three million immigrants with criminal records (this number is highly contested) and vowed to deport or incarcerate all of them.
  • President Trump has begun implementing a series of new immigrant policies.

WHY IT MATTERS

Both deportation and incarceration cost a lot of money —  money that could be spent on things like public schools and healthcare.

  • DON’T DEPORT – “Keep an eye on them…”

    • The Cost of deportation: Immigrants are detained while their deportation cases are processed. It costs about $165 to detain one person per day, or  $902 million a year in total. The entire process from apprehension to deportation would cost between $400 and $600 billion.
  • DEPORT AWAY – “They’re taking our jobs…”

    • The cost of incarceration: It costs an average of over $30,000 of taxpayer’s money to incarcerate an inmate a year.
    • Private prisons: Private prisons (many with records of prisoner abuse) foresee the increase in detention as a business opportunity.
    • Keep America safe: About 5 percent of the prison population do not have U.S. citizenship.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT