Article

Infographic: What Could $600 Million Buy?

The bed quota costs taxpayers $600 million each year that could go toward housing vulnerable populations.

Authors

  • Sharita Gruberg
Part of a Series

A congressional mandate requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, maintain bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day at an annual cost of more than $2 billion. This arbitrary number is unrelated to the agency’s actual bed-space needs, wasting taxpayer dollars and placing immigrants at risk of abuse and mistreatment in detention facilities. The bed quota wastes taxpayer dollars that could instead go toward vital housing assistance services.

DetentionBedQuota4

Sharita Gruberg is a Policy Analyst for LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress.

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.

Authors

Sharita Gruberg

Vice President, LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project

Explore The Series

Previous
Next

You Might Also Like