GAINESVILLE – The hundreds of illegal immigrants locked up in the North Georgia Detention Center wear one of three colors, which instantly convey something about their past.
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Cost of immigration detention
• The taxpayer cost to detain immigrants facing deportation has more than doubled since fiscal year 2005 to $2 billion.
• Daily cost to detain an illegal immigrant: $164
• Daily cost for alternatives to detention: 30 cents to $14.
Source: Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse and the National Immigration Forum
How we got the story
To understand the full implications of the immigration bill now pending in the U.S. Senate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s immigration reporter, Jeremy Redmon, analyzed the full text of the 844-page measure. To see first-hand the workings of the current detention system, Redmon worked for months to get permission to tour the privately run detention center in Gainesville with an AJC photographer.