Gov't Spent $18 Billion on Immigration Enforcement

By: ALICIA A. CALDWELL Email
By: ALICIA A. CALDWELL Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report on immigration enforcement from a Washington think tank says the Obama administration spent more money on enforcement efforts in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

The report from the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute says in the 2012 budget year that ended in September, the government spent about $18 billion on immigration enforcement programs run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US-Visit program, and Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol. All other federal law enforcement, including the FBI, spent a combined $14.4 billion.

The 182-page report concludes that the Obama administration has made immigration its highest law enforcement priority. Critics are likely to bristle over its findings, especially those who have accused the administration of being soft on immigration violators.


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