It’s starting to sound a lot more appealing to be an illegal immigrant these days, don’t you think? You’ll never guess how some of them are now being deported back to their home countries — and it’ll make you see red to know that your tax payer is going towards this.
American taxpayers are forking out more than $300,000 every day to deport illegal immigrants on commercial flights and even on private jets, Daily Mail Online can exclusively reveal.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spent $116m in 2015 to transport 235,413 people in the United States illegally back to their home countries.
More than 40 per cent of those who had violated visa restrictions were convicted criminals while more than 1,000 were identified as gang members.
A group campaigning for taxpayers’ rights have said the figures obtained by the Daily Mail Online are ‘insane’ and an ‘outrageous waste of tax dollars’.
The ICE revealed to Daily Mail Online that the average cost of every immigrant in 2015 was $12,213.
The cost includes identifying the immigrant, apprehending them, placing them in a detention center, their process through immigration court and their subsequent removal.
To remove an illegal immigrant costs an average of $1,962. This includes both ground and air fares.
When they needed to be taken abroad, ICE either used commercial flights or hired jets, including a Gulfstream IV.
Read more: Daily Mail