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Video: Alabama Republican Repres. @BachusAL06 says @BarackObama “Overusing” ICE Detention

March 19, 2013

Video via Colorlines:

via Andrea Black, DWN’s Executive Director released in a statement:

We are thrilled to hear that Rep. Bachus has come to the conclusion that in locking up 400,000 people a year ICE is wasting taxpayer dollars and causing needless suffering for immigrants and their families. It is encouraging to hear members of Congress concerned with fiscal responsibility draw the reasonable conclusion that we are over-relying and over-spending on immigration detention. We urge Congress to repeal policies such as mandatory detention, which is responsible for approximately 70% of all detention, and which prevents ICE from assessing risk when deciding who to detain.

More from Human Rights First: Bachus Asks Whether Government Overuses Immigration Detention

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