Sending Office: Honorable Theodore E. Deutch
Sent By:
Joshua.Lipman@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague,

 

             We write for your support in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations urging a decrease in the average daily detention population maintained by ICE and increase in funding for alternatives to detention. 
Current funding supports 42,774 detention beds for adults and 2,500 detention beds for children.  This is an average daily detention population of 45,275 beds.

 

            Detention beds are costly.  We are spending more than $4 billion per year on immigration detention.  A single detention bed costs approximately $159 per day for an adult.  Alternatives to detention, including parole, supervised release, or other
programs cost between 70 cents and $17 per day.   

 

            Our letter urges the Subcommittee to reduce the costly average daily detention population and support increased funding for alternatives to detention.  If you have any questions or would like to sign onto the letter, please contact Joshua Lipman
in Congressman Ted Deutch’s office at
Joshua.lipman@mail.house.gov
or 5-3001, or Samantha Warren in Congressman Bill Foster’s office at
Samantha.warren@mail.house.gov or 5-3515.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Theodore E. Deutch                                        Bill Foster

Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress  

 

Letter:

 

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard                        The Honorable Chuck Fleischmann

Chairwoman                                                                Ranking Member

House Subcommittee on                                             House Subcommittee on

Homeland Security Appropriations                            Homeland Security Appropriations

2006 Rayburn House Office Building                        1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann,

 

            As the Subcommittee considers the Department of Homeland Security’s FY2020 Appropriations Bill, we write to urge a decrease in the average daily detention population maintained by ICE and an increase in funding for alternatives to detention. 
Funding in the FY2019 appropriation supports 42,774 detention beds for adults and 2,500 detention beds for children.  This is an average daily detention population of 45,275 beds.   

 

            Detention beds are costly.  We spend more than $4 billion per year on immigration detention.  A single detention bed for an adult is approximately $159 per day.  ICE could be pursuing less costly alternatives to detention, including parole, supervised
release, and community-based programs.  Alternatives to detention range in cost between 70 cents and $17 per day.  The availability of detention beds forces ICE to detain individuals, even in instances where alternatives would be appropriate.  Reducing funding
for detention beds could permit the Agency to focus limited resources on its many other responsibilities, including investigating drug smuggling, human trafficking, and child pornography.

 

            The FY2019 appropriation funded a smaller average daily detention population.  Congress should continue to reduce the costly average daily detention population.  We therefore respectfully request that the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Bill for FY2020 reduce funding for the average daily detention population and support increased funding for alternatives to detention.     

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Immigration

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