Comment: Detention Bed Mandate
NPR reports that "Detention Bed Mandate" by Congress that calls for USCIS to fill 34,000 beds in its detention facilities per day with immigration detainees, is artificially increasing and prolonging immigration detentions for immigrants with no criminal record.

Every day [an immigrant] in detention costs taxpayers at least $120. Add up all the nation's detention centers and that's more than $2 billion a year. The detention bed mandate, which began in 2009, is just part of the massive increase in enforcement-only immigration policies over the last two decades... Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, called the bed mandate "artificial" when she spoke to a House Appropriations subcommittee in April. "We ought to be managing the actual detention population to risk, not to an arbitrary number," she said... On the day NPR visited Florence, nearly two-thirds of the 400 detainees had no known criminal record... "They're trying to pick people up for either very minor traffic violations or other minor convictions that wouldn't be considered serious, but that they can quantify as a criminal alien," says Nina Rabin, an immigration law professor at the University of Arizona.
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