During a Feb. 28 congressional hearing, senior health executive Dr. Robert Trenschel spotlighted the soaring cost of health care for the surge of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. southern frontier.

In 2022, U.S. officials encountered more than 2 million illegal migrants trying to cross into the United States. This represents a considerable spike since 2021, with 1.7 million encounters.

According to Trenschel, many of these illegal immigrants require extensive hospital stays. On average, the doctor said they cost up to three times more in human resources to resolve their cases and provide a safe discharge.