ICE considers releasing thousands of migrants amidst budget problems

by ian

More illegal immigrants are about to enter the country. Citing budget problems, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reportedly considering plans to release thousands of detained migrants.

ICE is currently experiencing a budget deficit of $700 million, the largest in recent memory. Security officials tell the Washington Post that to compensate they plan on cutting detention beds from 38,000 to 22,000.

It’s a problem made worse by the Biden administration’s hesitancy to deport arrested illegal immigrants. Biden has deported 45,000 less deportations a year than the Trump administration.

Some Republicans view the move as retaliation from the federal government for conservatives blocking the Senate’s foreign aid package and bipartisan border deal. Others suggest it could be in response to this week’s impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.