Headline RoundupFebruary 16th, 2024

ICE Considering Mass Migrant Releases to Offset Budget Shortfall

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have reportedly discussed releasing between 4,000 and 6,000 migrants to offset a budget shortfall.

Key Details: ICE plans to slash costs by cutting detentions from 38,000 to 22,000. Many of these migrants would be released into the U.S., while others would be deported back to their home countries,

Key Quote: “The Administration has repeatedly requested additional resources for DHS’s vital missions on the southwest border and Congress has chronically underfunded them,” a Homeland Security spokesperson said in a statement.

For Context: Last week, a bipartisan Senate border bill that would have earmarked $7.6 billion for ICE, including an additional $3.2 billion for detention capacity, failed. Since 2021, more than 6.3 million migrants have entered the U.S. illegally, and current levels are at record highs.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum noted that ICE's consideration of mass migrant releases is seen as a retaliation against the House's impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday.

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