A new report from the Department of Justice shows that nearly one-in-four inmates incarcerated in federal prisons are foreign born.
According to the report there are 45,493 foreign-born inmates currently in Federal custody. Of those foreign-born inmates, only 3,939, less than 9%, are United States citizens. The remaining 41,554 foreign-born inmates fall into several non-citizen categories:
- Approximately 22,541 (54.2 percent) are aliens for which final immigration orders have been issued for their removal;
- Approximately 13,886 (33.4 percent) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal;
- Approximately 5,101 (12.3 percent) are aliens still pending adjudication (in other words, ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached); and
- Approximately 26 (0.1 percent) are aliens who have been granted relief on the basis of asylum claims.
“Illegal aliens who commit additional crimes in the United States are a threat to public safety and a burden on our criminal justice system,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a DOJ Press Release. “This is why we must secure our borders through a wall and effective law enforcement, and we must strengthen cooperation between federal, state and local governments as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty of protecting and serving the American people.”
According to a 2015 report by the DOJ's Bureau of Prisons, the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2014 was $30,619.85, meaning foreign-born federal inmates are costing taxpayers approximately $1.4 billion on an annual basis.