In figuring out how much illegal aliens are costing the country, two areas have never been figured into the equations. One is federal law enforcement and the second is incarceration of illegal aliens. Illegal aliens make up just 3.5% of the population but account for 36.7% of the federal prison population in 2014, the last year that detailed stats are fully completed. Illegal aliens make up 50% of all arrests by federal officers.
In 2014, the average cost for housing a federal inmate was $30,619.85 and there were about 211,000 people locked up, meaning about 105,500 were immigrants. That brings the total cost of housing illegals in prison to 3.23 billion in 2014. There are no individual costs for arresting anyone but the cost is surely over 2 billion a year to be conservative.
In 2014, DHS made 59% of all federal arrests, up from 37% in 2004 (the earliest year for which data are available following the department’s establishment in 2002). By comparison, DOJ made 35% of all federal arrests in 2014, down from 48% a decade earlier. In fact, just one agency within DHS – Customs and Border Protection – made more arrests in 2014 (64,954) than all of the agencies within DOJ combined (58,265). DOJ agencies include the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The growth in arrests by Customs and Border Protection coincides with a significant staffing increase within the agency, particularly during the mid-to-late 2000s. Between 2004 and 2010, the number of Border Patrol officers almost doubled, rising from 10,819 to 20,558.
The annual totals used in this analysis are by federal fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30 of the year cited. The data refer to the number of arrests made by the federal government, not to the number of people arrested, since individuals may be arrested more than once. (About 156,000 people were arrested for federal crimes in fiscal 2014; there were about 165,000 total federal arrests that year.) The data also don’t reflect the number of people who are ultimately prosecuted or convicted, since not all arrests result in prosecution or conviction.
And remember one thing. In 2014, we were under Obama’s policies where we didn’t seek out and arrest criminal illegal aliens and instead allowed them to wander our streets and committing more crimes.