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Deutch Amendment to Allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Determine the Level of Detention Beds As They Deem Necessary

Amendment to: H.R. 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014

LFA Vote

Yea

Result

Nay
190-232

Weight

1x

Bill Description

This amendment, offered by Rep. Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Foster (D-IL), would have stricken language in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain a set immigration detention level regardless of actual need.

Liberty for All's Position

The detention mandate removes discretion from those individuals closest to the situation and represents arbitrary and unnecessary federal regulation. More importantly, the detention mandate is a crony-backed program that has helped turn private prisons into a billion dollar industry while costing taxpayers up to $2 billion per year. In introducing the amendment, Rep. Deutch noted that "a single detention bed is approximately $122 per day; and with additional administrative costs, it can rise to $164 a day. Meanwhile, alternatives such as ankle bracelets, parole, telephonic, and in-person reporting, curfews, and home visits can run from 30 cents to $14 per day." Liberty For All supports common sense solutions that save the American taxpayer money and return discretion to local communities and officials. By allowing ICE to pursue cost-effective alternatives as it sees fit, this bill ended another form of corporate welfare and opened up the potential for substantial cost savings and a better prioritization of priorities.

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Name
Rep
Vote
LFA
Vote

Robert Aderholt

Republican Representative - AL 4

Nay
Yea

Justin Amash

Republican Representative - MI 3

Yea
Yea

Mark Amodei

Republican Representative - NV 2

Nay
Yea

Robert Andrews

Democratic Representative - NJ 1

Yea
Yea

Michele Bachmann

Republican Representative - MN 6

Nay
Yea

Spencer Bachus

Republican Representative - AL 6

Yea
Yea

Ron Barber

Democratic Representative - AZ 2

Nay
Yea

Lou Barletta

Republican Representative - PA 11

Nay
Yea

Garland Barr

Republican Representative - KY 6

Nay
Yea

John Barrow

Democratic Representative - GA 12

Nay
Yea

Joe Barton

Republican Representative - TX 6

Nay
Yea

Karen Bass

Democratic Representative - CA 37

Yea
Yea

Joyce Beatty

Democratic Representative - OH 3

Yea
Yea

Xavier Becerra

Democratic Representative - CA 34

Yea
Yea

Dan Benishek

Republican Representative - MI 1

Nay
Yea

Kerry Bentivolio

Republican Representative - MI 11

Nay
Yea

Ami Bera

Democratic Representative - CA 7

Yea
Yea

Gus Bilirakis

Republican Representative - FL 12

Nay
Yea

Rob Bishop

Republican Representative - UT 1

Nay
Yea

Sanford Bishop

Democratic Representative - GA 2

Yea
Yea