ICE spent an average of $10,854 per deportee during the fiscal year that ended in September. Trump has promised to deport all of the estimated 2 million unauthorized migrants with criminal histories now living in the U.S. He’s going to need a much bigger budget.
Federal Judge William Orrick cited comments from President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in concluding that the order denying funding to localities that don’t cooperate on immigration law enforcement appeared intended to sweep more broadly than allowed by federal law.
White House officials signaled that the president may be open to an agreement that includes money for border security if not specifically for a wall, with an emphasis on technology and border agents rather than a structure.
The president wants to prosecute many more people caught crossing the border illegally. His plan won’t be cheap. Immigration cases already account for more than half of federal prosecutions. Trump is seeking hundreds of million dollars more for more jail cells, prosecutors and marshals to transport prisoners.
Following through on a presidential threat, the Justice Department asks nine jurisdictions for proof they are cooperating with federal immigration enforcers, warning that some of their federal aid may be cut.