While there are reasons to be grateful that the House of Representatives passed and the White House endorsed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547) before the year passed, the inclusion of $16 billion for immigration enforcement is bewildering. Included in this appropriation is $2.8 billion requiring that Immigration Customs Enforcement maintain 34,000 detention beds at a daily cost of approximately $120 per detainee. Seafarers & International House and other non-profit organizations are willing to provide accommodations and social assistance to asylum seekers far less expensive and far more humane than ICE detention facilities.
Take a look at the recent New York Times editorial on the anomaly of mandatory detention. And write to your Senators and Representatives. Illegal immigration is at historic lows. There are better ways to support our Country and our communities.
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