The Us Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request shows plans to keep 51,379 immigrants detained a day
ICE has requested an additional $1.2 billion to enforce changes in immigration law following President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders
ICE claims laws prior to Trump protected 345,000 or 65% of the fugitive aliens in America
Currently a daily average of 39,610 immigrants are being held in detention and 70,044 are under surveillance but ICE looks to increase those numbers in Fiscal Year 2018
As of June 3 2017 there were 968,773 individuals on ICE’s non-detained docket with final orders of removal, of which 177,496 were convicted criminals
The FY 2017 Litigation is expected to grow to more than 650,000 cases, a 26% increase from FY 2016
Concerns for immigrants that came to America for hopes of a better life are continuing to grow. According to the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget Request for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there is a reason for concern.
ICE is requesting $7.6 billion in discretionary funding, a $1.2 billion increase from 2017. An additional $377 million for mandatory fees is also requested, bringing the total to $7.9 billion. The increase in funding is said to be “critical” for ICE to meet its mission needs.
FY 2018 Budget Request
The FY 2018 Budget will support current efforts and enable ICE to make “much-needed investments in the following core areas: immigration enforcement, criminal investigations, workforce expansion and training, and the information technology needed to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.”
ICE is led by more than 6,000 officers of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Following President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders targeting illegal immigrants, ICE now has an unprecedented responsibility of securing borders, enforcing immigration laws, and ensuring that individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety cannot enter or remain in the United States.
Trump’s EOs are pushing ICE to implement new policies designed to stop illegal immigration and facilitate the identification, apprehension, detention, and removal of removable aliens. Under Trump’s directives, ICE will no longer allow classes or categories of removable aliens to be exempt from enforcement.
Removal From The United States
Those who were once exempt from ICE enforcement are now subject to arrest, detention, and, if issued a final order by an immigration judge, removal from the United States. ICE is now wanting to crackdown on those who illegally enter America, and those who overstay or otherwise violate terms of their visas. Along with stricter visa monitoring, ICE is also focusing on those who conduct criminal activity.
Before Trump’s EOs, it is stated that ICE was not able to arrest or remove 345,000, or 65%, of the fugitive aliens in America. Trump’s EOs have caused a spike in ICE arrests by 38% since the same period last year. Charging documents are up 47%, and detainers issued has gone up a whopping 75%.
As of May 15, 2017, ICE claims to have removed 144,353 aliens from the United States and repatriated them to 176 countries around the world during FY 2017. Out of that removed, 54% (78,301) had criminal convictions.
39,610 Detained Daily
ERO has issued 78,176 detainers, and 63,691 charging documents and has managed to maintain an average daily population of 39,610 in detention while monitoring an average 70,044 participants daily under the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) III contract or Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program.
ICE is requesting additional detention capabilities to keep up with the demands that come from implementing EO 13768, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” A total of $4.9 billion of the budget request is to expand detentions to support a daily adult population of 48,879 and an average daily family population of 2,500, for a total of 51,379 beds. To put that in perspective, Canada has a total prison population of 40,663, and Iraq’s is 42,880.
Significant Increases To Apprehensions And Removals
The abolishment of the Priority Enforcement Program and re-establishment of the Secure Communities program, combined with the expansion of the 287(g)2 program, is expected to result in significant increases to apprehensions and removals.
As of June 3, 2017, there were 968,773 individuals on ICE’s non-detained docket with final orders of removal, of which 177,496 were convicted criminals. The 2018 budget request includes hiring an additional 850 deportation officers to enforce immigration laws.
The budget request includes an increase of $129 million for transportation costs associated with the increased detention population and an increase of $57.4 million for the contract ATD program to sustain 79,000 average daily participants.
ICE has also requested an additional $185 million to hire 1,000 law enforcement officers and 605 investigative support staff to support the increased operational tempo called for by EO 13768. This will allow ICE to hire to hire the first 10% of the total 10,000 law enforcement officers as directed by Trump’s EO.
FY 2017 Litigation
The FY 2017 Litigation is expected to grow to more than 650,000 cases, a 26% increase from FY 2016. The Department of Justice is said to have redeployed immigration judges to border areas to handle a backlog of detainee cases and the Administration’s enforcement priorities.
An additional $1 million will be used to expand the newly created Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) to assist the victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.
You can read the entire Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request below.