What Would It Cost to Really Check an Amnesty Application?

David North, Center for Immigration Studies, April 2013

If the United States were to have yet another amnesty program for illegal aliens—something I oppose—what should the fee be for really checking each application? Currently United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges $465 to process (rubber-stamp?) the applications for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the administration’s on-going amnesty for some under-31 illegal aliens. The scrutiny in this program is so skimpy that while, as of March 14, 2013, more than 450,000 applications had been filed (and more than 245,000 had been approved), USCIS had yet to announce the denial of a single one of them.

Since all applications should be examined with care, and bearing in mind some illegals have more complex cases than others, there is a need for a sliding scale of fees for any future amnesty to reflect the real costs of checking each application carefully.

These are rough estimates of the costs for each applying illegal alien:

  • $917 each for the processing of the simplest, cleanest applications;
  • A sliding scale for more difficult ones, up to a total of $2,612 at the extreme;
  • Varying medical examination fees will also be charged, something like $200;
  • The estimated average administrative cost would be about $2,000 per amnesty applicant. Multiplying that by 10 million applicants would yield a total administrative cost of $20 billion;
  • This total cost would not include unpaid back taxes or any fine that might be levied.

[Editor’s Note: The rationale for these fees is available at the original article link below.]

Topics: , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • If you think that any such fees will actually be paid, or that anyone will actually demand them, then you must have gotten a bad bottle of tequila. If any given bill called “comprehensive reform” is passed, the rubber stamps will be going 24/7.

    • The__Bobster

      Some libtards actually think that the miniscule fee will actually add to the treasury. Are they that stupid that they don’t know that citizenship is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?

  • Shattered

    The checking that should be done would be to check every employment application against a national E-Verify database.

  • bigone4u

    Amnesty checks are as phony as Atlanta school test scores. While some in Atlanta have been criminally charged, the criminals responsible for amnesty will get away scott free in this life. If cosmic karma exists they will not be so lucky.

    • The__Bobster

      Just like during the McCarthy hearings, a few of the little fish have to be thrown to the sharks so that the real perps can skate.

  • The__Bobster

    In 1986, virtually 100% of the applications were routinely rubber stamped and approved, even when the accompanying documents were obvious forgeries, as per the order from on high. I expect the same thing to happen this time around.


  • The__Bobster

    This total cost would not include unpaid back taxes or any fine that might be levied.

    LOL! Like that’s going to happen. W*tbax paid under the table have no tax records.

  • Andy

    It’d be $7.40 apiece to ship them back to the border in school buses if you pay the drivers $10 an hour and estimate an average of five hundred miles to drive each one.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Heck, I’m sure there’s plenty of patriotic American citizens who would be willing to drive them back for free. The biggest fee would be the gas, which we could easily afford with all the money we’d save getting rid of illegal welfare scroungers.

  • There should be a fee of twice the cost to process to become a citizen.

  • guest

    And a few more things I thought of:

    1. Taxes must be filed even if the payment is all in cash and “unofficial”. If the worker doesn’t have accurate records of cash payments (duh), the IRS can make its own estimates. Let’s say Jose worked for cash, with no taxes or tax filings, for five years. The IRS can evaluate his standard of living during that time and make an estimate of how much he was paid. Then if he was an employee (likely) it can file its own returns for him and go after employers for failing to withhold. This is how they would treat any of us and they should treat Jose the same way! Again, to emphasize, immigration status has no impact on tax obligations, including obligations to file, penalties etc.

    2. Deporting Jose has no impact on his taxes due, the penalties, or anything! The tax code doesn’t care at all if someone is deported, the taxes remain the same!

    Ideally (I know, none of this will happen), when Jose is caught here illegally, and the DHS is processing him for deportation, they should notify the IRS to find out his tax compliance status. If he doesn’t have proper returns and payments for the time he he has been here, the IRS should go ahead and file its own returns and start its normal collections process, without regard to Jose being deported. This would mean seizing whatever assets he may have as he’s being deported, and also penalizing his employers for not withholding. Finally, Jose’s employers can be criminally charged for conspiracy to evade taxes, money laundry, etc, if they do this on a large scale. Any farming operation would probably be at a large enough scale.

    “We’ll collect taxes” is absolutely not a reason to not deport! The taxes can and should be collected regardless!

  • I think most of them should be denied immediately for inconsistencies.

  • The illegal immigrant that was working for Sen Bob Martinez that was a convicted sex offender was denied DACA because of his criminal record.

    • The__Bobster

      Then was Senator Bob “Pumpkinhead” Menendez, the one who frequently underage hookers in the islands and engaged in influence peddling..

  • Sloppo

    Perhaps Russia is not as interested in self-destruction as we are. I received the following message in an email from my brother this morning:

    On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian President , addressed the Duma , ( the Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

    “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if they want to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they protest ‘discrimination’ . We should learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland , and France if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians. Feb.04, 2013

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation!

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    It’s not possible to do thorough, decent background checks on illegal immigrants.

    1. They lie about their names.
    2. They come from countries that can’t keep track of all the rampant crime happening.
    3. The U.S. can’t (or at least doesn’t) keep track of crimes illegals commit while in America.

    And even if it were possible to do background checks, the massive amounts of crime that would show up would mean deportation for a very large chunk of illegals. This is why liberals wouldn’t allow a real background check to happen, even if it were possible.