THE DETENTION QUOTA
OVER 34,000 PEOPLE
ARE IN ICE DETENTION
EVERY SINGLE DAY
AS REQUIRED BY LAW
WHAT IS THE DETENTION QUOTA?
In 2007 a quota was put in place which requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold an average of 34,000 individuals in detention on a daily basis. The law requires that 34,000 people be held in ICE detention at all times. If a person is released from detention then another person must be arrested and detained to fill the vacancy.
This is an actual law which has been passed by Congress. The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014 states that ICE, “shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds.” Read the bill for yourself here on the Federal Government's own website. The media has reported on this disgusting quota system yet it remains US law.
This quota system insures that the private for-profit prison companies that have contracted with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue to make hansome profits for their role in caging humans born abroad. The two largest companies DHS contracts with are CCA and GEO Group. Both companies trade publically on the stock market and are run with the sole goal of making money.
THE HARD TRUTH
$159 A DAY
IS THE COST PER IMMIGRANT DETAINED
DHS has recently made even more contracts with these companies to build 11 new facilities for detaining immigrants. DHS promises over 90% capacity on average and somtimes contractually agrees to 100% occupancy for these prisons that are not even built yet. With these unheard of minimum occupancy contracts, DHS insures that these companies will make a return on their investment.
It is impportant to note that ICE is a Government agency that operates under the umbrella of DHS, the largest Federal Government agency that exists. More importantly, all of this is funded by your tax dollars!
The 2014 DHS budget requested $2 BILLION for ICE detention. Congress actually gave DHS more that what they requested giving them $38.9 BILLION for discretionary spending. The full 2014 DHS budget is available here.