ICE Only Using 73 Percent of Detention Capacity Due to COVID Rules: ICE Deputy Director

The deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Congress that ICE is only using 73 percent of its capacity for detaining illegal aliens due to lingering COVID-era regulations.
ICE Deputy Director Tae Johnson, who in his capacity performs the duties of ICE director, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on April 18 to discuss President Joe Biden’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2024.
Currently, ICE has the capacity to house around 34,000 illegal aliens in detention facilities near the southern border. Under Biden’s proposed budget, that figure could be slashed to 25,000, a fact that raised bipartisan concerns among both Chairman Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)….

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