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Detention Quota Holds Firm Despite Decline in Illegal Immigration

"As Congress weighs sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system, one thing is unlikely to change: a requirement that the government lock up more undocumented immigrants than it says is necessary. Despite tight budgets and declining illegal immigration, Congress requires the Department of Homeland...

Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom

"In the past five years, Homeland Security officials have jailed record numbers of immigrants, driven by a little-known congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the “bed mandate.” The policy requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an average of 34,000...

Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full

"Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people the police had to keep in jail each night. Sort of like a quota for traffic tickets, only it's a quota for human detentions. That's effectively what Congress has told ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency...

Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet

"A new report, “ Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet ” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s...