“There is a real willingness to throw large amounts of money at locking immigrants up.”
The speaker is Mary Small, Policy Director for the Detention Watch Network.
The “throwers” she refers to is Congress. Homeland Security “is already budgeted to spend $2.6 billion a year on ICE detention [in the U.S.].” Politico estimates that if the current detention plans continue, the figure for ICE jails will cost $10 billion
A few weeks ago, I asked a member of an undocumented local family what the feeling was about the deportations, the ICE raids, the Trump Administration policy … and she said, “Well, at least we’ll have a home [in Mexico] to go back to. Many of the others here don’t.”
Uh. Except that you won’t be going home. At least not right away. Maybe not for years. In the meantime, you’ll be housed in a detention facility somewhere in California or, perhaps, Washoe County (Reno), Nevada, where the Google Maps shot of the detention facility looks like a set from The Matrix.
You will not be home, picking mangos from the path on the way to the river. You’ll be in jail. That’s what we do in America to women who don’t return our Tupperware.