Report: Deportation Program Costs L.A. County More Than $26 Million
Published: August 23, 2012
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Los Angeles County is spending an estimated $26 million a year to hold undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program, according to a report released Thursday by Justice Strategies. Secure Communities, also known as S-Comm, checks the legal status of anyone booked into a local jail and transfers those who are undocumented to ICE custody.
Among the report’s findings:
- Los Angeles County taxpayers spend over $26 million per year to detain immigrants for ICE.
- Individuals in Los Angeles County custody who are subject to immigration detainers spend, on average, 20.6 extra days in county custody.
- California taxpayers spend an estimated $65 million annually to detain immigrants for ICE.
- Based on L.A. County averages the report concludes S-Comm is costing the state an estimated $65 million.