$18 billion spent on Immigration Enforcement in the last fiscal year

The Obama administration has spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year, as per the data released by the Migration Policy Institute. This said amount is more than that spent on any of the other law enforcement agencies run by the government. According to the data, in the 2012 budget year, the $18 billion was spent on immigration enforcement programs such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S.-Visit program, and Customs and Border Protection, which includes Border Patrol.

Since the signing of Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, more than $187 billion is spent on immigration enforcement. The data also showed that Immigration Enforcement budget made it to the top dwarfing the budgets of FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Secret Service put together, which was $3.6 billion. The released data proves how serious President Obama is on Immigration Reform. Only last week a new rule was passed to ease on the separation periods for families who have applied for citizenship.

With such steps being implemented swiftly, it is very likely that the year 2013 brings a big change in the persisting issue of immigration reform.


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