DHS Keeps Detention Space Vacant Despite Wave of Criminal Illegal Aliens Coming to U.S.

Despite a massive surge of third-world criminal illegal aliens coming across the southern border, the Biden Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refuses to fill up detention space in its facilities, and is instead releasing many apprehended illegals right back into the U.S.

Breitbart reports that, as of April 25th, DHS had just over 34,000 illegals in its detention facilities overall. By the end of Fiscal Year 2023, over 6.2 million illegals are currently facing deportation proceedings but are allowed to continue living in the U.S. on the non-detained docket of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This development comes after Congress approved the funding for a total of 41,500 ICE beds for the remainder of the current fiscal year, nearly double the amount that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had requested. Mayorkas had asked Congress to cut the number of beds in ICE facilities, claiming in a written statement that “policy priorities seeking to limit detention of noncitizens assessed to not pose a threat to national security or public safety make significant increases in Average Daily Population (ADP) unlikely under current circumstances.”

The lack of detentions despite the increased detention capacity is just the latest indication of the Biden Administration’s refusal to adhere to existing immigration law, in alignment with Biden’s “open borders” approach to immigration.

“Custodial detention and GPS monitoring are critical immigration enforcement functions that must be expanded across the board,” said RJ Hauman, president of the National Immigration Center for Enforcement. “Instead, Alejandro Mayorkas is refusing to enforce laws he was sworn to uphold, often under the guise of ‘limited resources.’ But when he is given more resources, he doesn’t use them.”

Even some of Mayorkas’ own subordinates have contradicted his statements, with Acting ICE Director Patrick Lechleitner saying that he would like to increase the number of ICE beds even further to about 50,000. Lechleitner called this amount “more appropriate” in response to the skyrocketing numbers of illegals pouring across the border. It has been estimated that at least 9 million illegals have been encountered by border authorities since Biden first took power in January of 2021, the largest amount in American history.


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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Migrants arrive at a makeshift camp after crossing the nearby border with Mexico near the Jacumba Hot Springs on February 23, 2024 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images)