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Undocumented Immigrants

Some facts about actual cost of immigration

This is not a pro or con piece about legal or “undocumented” immigration. It is just a few facts, some food for thought.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is a self-funded agency. The cost to process an initial immigrant who is seeking permanent resident status is $1,140. There are additional fees involved later in the process, notably $370 to change nonimmigrant status and $410 for employment authorization. That brings the total to about $1920 per person. These fee do not make money for the agency, that is what it costs to process the applications.

The U.S. allows 1 million legal immigrants per year. USCIS staffing is not equipped to handle that load,...