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June 8, 2021

Advocates chide Biden over ICE funding plan
By Caroline Simon

ICE may need added bed space if the administration lifts Title 42, the Trump-era public health directive under which single adults and some families are turned away at the border. Many arriving migrants are from Central America, not Mexico, which means they cannot be deported immediately and are more likely to enter the ICE detention system. “They’re not just Central Americans, but increasing numbers of apprehensions from other world regions — and you can’t deport them quickly,” Capps said. But advocates want to see a reduced overall reliance on detention, particularly for migrants who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and have not committed a crime. Roughly 75 percent of people currently detained by ICE do not have a criminal record, according to the Transactional Research Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which compiles immigration data.

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