Friday, August 19, 2022

Biden Administration Aims to Place Migrants Under House Arrest Instead of Detention Centers

The Biden administration aims to place hundreds of migrants under house arrest in a test program focused on decreasing costs amid raising numbers of crossings at the U.S. – Mexico border.

The program is called “Home Curfew” which will take place in Baltimore and Houston. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the program would include between 100-200 single adults at each location, as the administration tries to move from the use of for-profit detention centers.

Officials claim that this program would cost between $6 to $8 per enrollee instead of the $142 a-day cost at detention centers. During his campaign, President Biden promised to end for-profit detention centers but has failed to do so.

According to Reuters, the proposed program would require enrollees to be home from 8:00am – 8pm. However, they can leave their homes during other hours if they have permission to work or other exemptions.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that President Biden anticipates pushing for congressional funding that would pay for at least 400,000 migrants to be placed in non-detention programs.

“We just don’t have the capacity. We’re not going to detain our way out of the border crisis,” said a DHS official.

New York Post