March 17, 2016
The Personnel & Infrastructure Needed To Remove All Undocumented Immigrants In Two Years
We build on previous American Action Forum (AAF) research that found it would take at least 20 years and cost to federal government $400 billion to $600 billion to remove all undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and to prevent all future unlawful entry.
In this paper, we examine the personnel and infrastructure implications of removing all 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in a two-year time frame. In order to remove all undocumented immigrants, each immigrant would have to be apprehended, detained, legally processed, and transported to his or her country of origin. In order to remove all undocumented immigrants in only two years, the U.S. government would have to monumentally expand each of those stages of the removal process. In particular, based on FY 2013 levels it would require: