It seems as though few people are truly pleased with the current state of the United State’s immigration laws. One of the current laws that many immigrants take issue with is the federal detention-bed quota. They feel it is too high. In its current form that quota calls for the detention of 34,000 each day, nationally.
According to one opponent to the quota, needing to detain that many people each day means that individuals are being detained for minor infractions. The next step following detention may be deportation. Few detainees want this to happen since many have lived in the state of Florida for years and no longer have any family in the country of their birth. In many cases the detainees are students, people with extended family in the area and those who have secured full-time employment--not scary criminals.
Those who are against the current quota believe law enforcement officers receive pressure to make the quota. In addition, the expenses tied to detaining individuals take a toll on the taxpayer. More than $5 million is spent by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, each day on detention.
Those who support it want the current immigration laws to be followed.
Only time will tell whether the current administration will make a move to lower, or completely remove, the detention-bed quota. In the meantime, individuals with questions regarding their options when it comes to immigration may find it beneficial to meet with a lawyer who handles such cases. Doing so could make the difference between finding a way to stay in the country and being forced to leave.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Florida immigrants decry detention quota,” William E. Gibson, March 22, 2014