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Separated or Not, Trump Will Spend Billions On Immigrant Detention

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Rough estimates that the Trump regime could spend as much or more than a billion dollars on his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents or guardians may hold true even if they're no longer separated.

Citing internal planning documents, TIME reported over the weekend that the Navy is preparing to build camps at remote, unused locations on bases in three states to house immigrant families detained by Trump's gestapo.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which reports that Camp Pendleton is one base being considered for use, just one of the three planned facilities would cost $230 million to build and operate.

The detainment plan estimates the Navy would spend more than $230 million to build and run a single facility serving 25,000 people for a six-month term.

According to a Government Accountability Office report published in April, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office requested $3.6 billion in 2018 funding to pay for immigrant housing -- $1 billion more than the amount of funds requested the prior year.

It had not occurred to me before today that Trump's detention policy could potentially cause a government shutdown on October 1st.

All of these figures and dollar amounts are funds that were appropriated for fiscal 2018. Fiscal 2019 will begin on October 1st and, assuming Congress will not pass a comprehensive budget and will instead rely on a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels, voting to fund the government in fiscal 2019 could mean voting to fund Trump's detention centers. At least temporarily.

I don't know if congressional Democrats can win a fight to defund Trump's detention centers while they're still the minority in Congress, but they should do everything they can to ensure that the funds are temporary so that the next session Congress can either fully defund them or demand other changes to immigration law in exchange for more temporary funding.

There's a big risk here that Trump's internment camps will become semi-permanent if Congress doesn't use its power to control funding. If Republicans retain control of Congress, there's no doubt in my mind the camps will become permanent.

  • Mark Cleary

    The only rational argument against immigrants is that they will cost Americans money. So, now Trump takes actions that are costing Americans money.

  • Badgerite

    Yes, that’s right. GITMO for harmless children and immigrants on US soil. Sarandon can go and feed them tea and cookies. If she can find them. Jill Stein can maybe fund raise off of them.

    • Sarandon won’t get her designer duds soiled by making such a trip. Besides she’s probably too busy making appearances on RT with Stein to complain about how corrupt the Democratic party is.

      • Badgerite

        Oh please tell me they’re not still doing that. I remember Sarandon’s big thing was going to an island where families in boats from Syria were trying to escape the carnage. Now there is a ban on any Syrian refugees being allowed into the United States. She ‘stood up for the Dreamers’.
        Now, the court system is the only thing protecting them and people seeking asylum at the southern border are having their kids snatched away and put in cages. And no, that wouldn’t have happened with Hilary Clinton as president. So FFFFF her.

        • I was being sarcastic but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  • muselet

    Don’t worry about it, Ashby. There’s plenty of wastefraudandabuse to squeeze out of the budget for the social safety net. Cut enough people off SNAP and Medicaid and hey presto! there’s enough money to pay for concentration camps, no government shutdown required.

    I shouldn’t type things like that. The House Freedumb Caucus will pop a collective chubby at the thought and Paul Ryan will strain a muscle trying to figure out how to implement it before he scuttles off to whatever think tank wants him.

    They could call the enabling legislation The Arbeit Macht Frei Act of 2018.


    • JMAshby

      Back in January when it was originally reported that Ryan might be leaving Congress this year, the rumor was he’s looking at becoming the president of the American Enterprise Institute.

      • muselet

        No surprise.


      • Scopedog

        Makes sense.

  • Nefercat

    “if Congress doesn’t use its power to control funding”
    And why would they? That’s a lot of taxpayer dollars to be grifted/gifted right into the hands of all sorts of civilian contractors as long as the republicans hold the majority.

  • If we take over Congress, maybe we can simply grant amnesty to everyone in the camps and let them all free. I know that’s a pipe dream but it would show these asshats that the rest of America is not sitting still for these kinds of camps on our soil any frigging more.

  • Georgie
  • Scopedog

    “If Republicans retain control of Congress, there’s no doubt in my mind the camps will become permanent.”

    Hope Susan Sarandon and Jill Stein are happy about this possibility….

    • gescove

      But her E-mails! It seems Jill Stein was only too happy to carry water for Putin. That photo of her at the RT banquet with Vlad and Mike Flynn makes my blood boil every time I see it.

    • Victor the Crab

      I’d imagine they have plenty of restful nights believing their plan is coming to fruition. >:(

      • Scopedog

        You’re right, Victor–they still cling to the idea of their “revolution” coming. Trump was going “to cause things to really explode!”

        White privilege is a helluva drug for the idiot Left.