The late senator Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, inserted the requirement into the Homeland Security budget, that a minimum of 33,400 subjects be incarcerated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE).
Amendments have been floated to remove the quota but have failed.
ICE spends approximately $120 per day per subject it incarcerates which works out to be almost $2 billion dollars for this quota.
A Bloomsberg Businessweek article suggests that ICE could release more illegal aliens into the community if it wasn’t for this mandate yet many are claiming that ICE is releasing too many onto the streets already. A report at the end of last year states that more than 800,000 aliens who have been ordered deported are on our streets. A Washington Times article dated September 15, 2013, spotlights the more than 2,800 sex offenders who have been released back on the street.
Numerous articles and reports including public testimony from union officials of both the U. S. Border Patrol and ICE paint a picture of an agency that is releasing many of the people that it is tasked to apprehend.
Even the U.S. Border Patrol, here in Spokane, has many of their apprehensions released onto the street by ICE because they don’t meet the minimum criminal background to justify holding them. These aliens are apprehended, processed and then released. Many agents are privately questioning the value of their efforts.