Why Saddle Taxpayers with Detention? Simply Send Illegal Aliens Back

Gee, a former Congressman says what I said weeks ago when this started:

Take all illegals to the airport, ask them for their nation of origin, and put them onboard a plane home. Their home countries need to deal with the crime, the diseases, and every other problem they have.

As the Washington Times, reports, “ISTOOK: Flying illegals home would be 99.5 percent cheaper than Obama’s plan.”

We taxpayers are expected to house, feed, clothe and care for almost 30,000 illegal aliens for a full year, according to the White House’s official request. That’s a small city.

Instead, we could fly all of them home for one-half of 1 percent of the $3.8 billion that President Obama proposes we spend. That’s a savings of 99.5 percent!

Most of his proposal is to pay living expenses. At the unofficial reported cost of $250 per person per day, President Barack Obama is proposing we spend $1.8 billion “to provide appropriate care for unaccompanied children.” That works out to 19,726 minors for a year. (The official term for them, written into federal statute, is “undocumented alien children.” Not undocumented immigrants, migrants or refugees. Those other terms are efforts at propaganda.)

In addition, Obama wants another $879 million “for detention and removal of apprehended undocumented adults traveling with children,” and “alternatives to detention programs” for these adults. He blends “removal” with “detention” to make it impossible to determine how many removals are planned.

If the money is all for detention, then the $250 per person reveals the plan is to house 9,632 adults for a year at taxpayers’ expense.

Combine 19,726 minors with 9,632 adults and you have 29,358 people. But it gets worse. The request is for a “supplemental appropriation.” In budget lingo, that typically means it’s for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. If these funds don’t cover a full year, either the cost per person is much higher or the number of people is much higher.

If the daily cost per person is less than $250, then the small city of illegal aliens we’re supporting will be larger than 29,358.

Although Obama asks for lots of money to take care of people permanently, he gives zero details about a timeframe for deporting or repatriating any of the persons involved.

If they want to come back legally, that’s good and fine, but this idea of American taxpayers being on the hook for $250 per day per illegal invader is plain crazy. Congress should tell the President to take the money to care for these people out of the Executive Branch budget, if he likes, otherwise: No money, no way.