According to a new report, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained a record number of people beyond its allocated budget, prompting questions about the Trump administration’s transparency in the controversial program.
More than an average of 44,000 people are held in detention on a daily basis by ICE, according to recent statistics reported by the Daily Beast on Sunday.
The high number, which exceeds the total of ICE inmates Congress has allocated funds for by more than 4,000 people, has led to questions about how the Department of Homeland Security has been able to fund the project.
Senator Jeff Merkley has raised concern about ICE’s funding, explaining that the Department of Homeland Security is known to use funds from other programs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency when facing budgetary shortfalls for its ICE program.
“It is incredibly important that ICE explain how they’re paying…