What Could $600 Million Buy? (Infographic)

Sharita Gruberg
Date of Publication: 
May, 2014
Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

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.

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Gruberg, S. (2014). What Could $600 Million Buy? [infographic]. Center for American Progress. Retrieved from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2014/05/09/89393/infographic-what-could-600-million-buy/