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If Congress has only funded (and authorized) 45,000 detainees (which is itself abhorrent) where did ICE get the money for the additional 7,000+ beds?

Why, from FEMA and the Coast Guard, of course! It's not like they were doing anything with it.
When asked about WHY ICE has soooooo many immigrants locked up--a record number, when this is not a record you ever want to or need to break--they offered this canned response (which has been repeated so often I could say it in my sleep, & which I thus deem entirely meaningless.)
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus "The [increased detention numbers] is a manufactured issue," Kennji Kizuka, an attorney and senior researcher with...Human Rights First... "ICE has gone out of its way not to release people that it could."

Why? Follow the $$. Detention is a lucrative biz.
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus Many adult immigrant detention facilities are for profit, and the biggest corporate owners are GEO and CoreCivic, both of which have investors and stock holders and thus people who stand to make more money when more people are locked up for longer.

@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus Not to mention the "benefits" of prison slave labor.

It would behoove an oversight committee to look into any conflicts of interest, imo.

But what do I know? I'm just a schmuck from Oregon who's disgusted by people profiting off of other people's misery.
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus @SirineShebaya @ReichlinMelnick @ScottHech @BryanDawsonUSA @funder @RepJayapal @JacksonLeeTX18 Note the green underlining above...where 18 Republicans who sent a letter to the US Dept of Labor all said SLAVE LABOR of people who've committed no crimes IS JUST FINE (despite laws to the contrary) and ALMOST EVERY ONE of them receives contributions from private prison Corps.
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus @SirineShebaya @ReichlinMelnick @ScottHech @BryanDawsonUSA @funder @RepJayapal @JacksonLeeTX18 It might also behoove Congress to, in some fashion, penalize DHS if ICE can't manage to keep to a budget. They even REQUIRED ICE, in the last budget, to stick to their current level of detainees, and ICE defied Congress AGAIN.

Who will hold them accountable?
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus @SirineShebaya @ReichlinMelnick @ScottHech @BryanDawsonUSA @funder @RepJayapal @JacksonLeeTX18 MAYBE Congress should defund ICE entirely. You know, to show them they mean business. That you can't just defy Congress and get away with it.

...And also because ICE has arisen as our very own gestapo and needs a thorough stomping out. Right now-ish.

We all belong here.
@ifindkarma @axidentaliberal @B52Malmet @ImmJusticeNOW @TrinityResists @TrisResists @JynErso_Patriot @JainaResists @jomareewade @lfkraus @SirineShebaya @ReichlinMelnick @ScottHech @BryanDawsonUSA @funder @RepJayapal @JacksonLeeTX18 @moved2italy @ImmDefense @TheYoungCenter @FlorenceProject @legind @Hendja @ProudResister .@ifindkarma & I have been canoodling numbers, to try'n figure out just how much this is costing us, to keep all these refugees locked up indefinitely.

Right now, DHS has 80,000 people in custody, it says. That's ICE & CBP. That's a lotta scratch.
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