Trump Considers Making Illegal Aliens Pay for Their Deportation Appeals

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President Trump’s administration is reviewing a plan to make illegal aliens ordered deported by a federal immigration judge pay for their own appeals to those decisions, rather than the current process that forces American taxpayers to subsidize the costs.

A new regulation being weighed by the Trump administration would increase the fees that illegal aliens would have to pay to appeal their deportation orders by federal immigration judges. Currently, American taxpayers subsidize the cost of those appeals to the sum of $44.4 million a year.

Fees for illegal aliens to appeal their deportation orders, or reopen their cases, currently cost them about $100 to $110. Under the new regulation — which would be the first update to the fee amounts since 1986 — the cost to appeal deportation orders would run anywhere from $305 to $975.

The increase in fees would ensure that illegal aliens, not American taxpayers, are covering the costs for their requests to appeal their deportation orders.

In cases where an illegal alien is specifically appealing a deportation order by a federal immigration judge, American taxpayers are forced to subsidize about $28 million a year in costs. In other cases where illegal aliens are requesting their deportation orders be cancelled, the process costs American taxpayers nearly $8 million a year.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

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