U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed recently that it saw tens of thousands of illegal immigrants for medical services in 2022, with the agency reporting a nine-figure budget to address the health needs of noncitizens.
The bureau said in its annual fiscal report last week that over the course of the fiscal year it “provided direct care – including medical and dental health services – to over 118,000 noncitizens housed at 19 [ICE Health Service Corps]-operated facilities throughout the United States.”
The total number of medical visits “exceeded 1.1 million” over the fiscal year, the agency said, with IHSC also overseeing “compliance with healthcare-related detention standards for more than 120,500 noncitizens housed in 163 non-IHSC-staffed facilities.”
Overall, the health wing’s operating budget “approached $324 million” over that time, ICE said.
ICE reported in late 2022 that a record 2.4 million illegal immigrants crossed the border over the last fiscal year.