Facing mounting public opposition, state legislatures are considering measures to shut down the privately run immigrant jails that were part of the dramatic expansion of the U.S. detention network and private prison industry under Trump but that have since fallen out of favor with the new administration.
Nearly three months into office, Joe Biden’s administration is seizing land near the southern border, fueling fears that the government will continue building a border wall despite Biden’s many promises to the contrary
Federal arrests in 2018 increased by 38 percent in just one year, according to figures compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Over half the arrests were for immigration offenses, and some 40 percent of the defendants were non-U.S. citizens.
Despite increased disapproval for his handling of the recent immigration crisis, a recent poll shows that many voters believe that President Biden’s policies are not responsible for the current situation.
As President Joe Biden continues to reconstruct Trump’s aggressive anti-immigration policies, efforts to focus on undocumented immigrants with serious criminal records yield fewer deportations and arrests.
Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released hundreds of people to lower the risk of COVID-19, and is arresting and detaining fewer unauthorized immigrants, ICE pays for a minimum number of beds whether they are filled or not.
Immigrant advocates say the separations are unnecessary, arguing that thousands of children could stay out of the shelter system if they were released with their accompanying relatives to pursue U.S. asylum cases in immigration court.