National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Immigration Detention’s Unnecessary Cost

August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives in the balance, fixing our nation's broken immigrant detention system is a necessary and urgent — though often overlooked — component of commonsense immigration reform.

To further highlight the immigration detention’s high cost to taxpayers, the National Immigration Forum has updated its policy paper "The Math of Immigration Detention" and will hold a #MathOfDetention Twitter Town Hall today to answer questions on the challenges the immigration detention system poses and how reform can help solve them. Follow @ImmPolitic for hourly immigration detention facts and tweet your questions between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT.

The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum regarding the need to provide solutions for the broken detention system:

“The numbers are clear and the message is simple. Once commonsense reform is passed, fewer immigration detainees will mean less of a financial burden on law enforcement’s resources. For example, if ICE were able to take advantage of alternatives to detention and detain only those who pose a real threat, taxpayers could save $1.44 billion per year. As legislators home in their districts listen to their constituents’ support for immigration reform, they should note the strong economic reasons for reform.”

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