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Immigration Law

Fact: Mass Detention of Migrant Families is Unnecessary, Inefficient

Eleanor Acer, Just Security, July 5, 2018 - "The administration’s turn toward mass detention of asylum seekers and migrants flies in the face of numerous empirical studies, including the government’s own statistics, that show such policies to be highly unnecessary and inefficient. ... ICE operated a Family Case Management Program that resulted in 99% attendance for ICE check-ins and appointments, as well as 100% attendance at court hearings. The program used professional social workers to provide education about participants’ responsibilities, individualized family service plans and other case management support. Launched by ICE, the program was operated by GEO Group, the private prison company which also operates many immigration detention facilities. Despite the program’s successes, ICE mysteriously canceled the program last year."

Eleanor Acer is Senior Director of refugee protection at Human Rights First Follow her on Twitter (@AcereEleanor)