“Spending for the federal government’s two main immigration enforcement agencies – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – and its primary enforcement technology initiative, the US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program, surpassed $17.9 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2012. This amount is nearly 15 times the spending level of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) when IRCA was enacted.” (pg. 8)
Originally published by the Migration Policy Institute. MPI is an independent, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC, dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.