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Last Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014 08:55
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The Unnecessary Expense of Immigrant Detention

TEXAS OBSERVER: Over the past decade and a half, the federal government has created a cash cow for private prison companies by detaining record numbers of undocumented immigrants in for-profit lockups. In 2009, Congress even imposed a quota on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), obliging the agency to detain an average of 34,000 immigrants per night across all of its facilities. At an average cost of $164 per day per detainee, the math works out quite well for private prison companies such as GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, which post billions in annual revenue. Taxpayers should be infuriated. Proven, common-sense alternatives to detention, including monitoring and case management, are available at a savings of more than $1 billion a year.

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South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration

NEWS CHANNEL 10: Deputy Rudy Trevino was patrolling a park along the Texas-Mexico border when he spied movement in the darkness. Swinging his spotlight toward the motion revealed 14 women and children who had just sneaked across the Rio Grande in a small boat.

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Court halts denial of licenses for Arizona immigrants

AL JAZEERA: An appeals court sided with advocates for young immigrants who argued that Arizona's policy of denying them driver's licenses even though they had work permits under an Obama administration policy violated their equal protection rights.

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Obama slows drive for legal power to deport migrant kids

AL JAZEERA: The White House is planning to back off its request for legal authority to swiftly deport thousands of children who have streamed through the U.S. in recent weeks, congressional sources told the Associated Press, a change it hopes will ease passage of a $2 billion emergency spending request to cope with the influx. Some of the child migrants make the dangerous trip alone, but others are accompanied by parents, usually their mothers.

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Rep. Gutiérrez: US drug use fans border crisis

THE HILL: Drug use in the United States is destabilizing Central America, leading directly to a spike in immigrant children at the Texas border, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez charged Monday. The Illinois Democrat, Congress's loudest proponent of an immigration overhaul, argued that America's role in fueling the cartel violence means the Obama administration has a responsibility to "keep [those kids] in a safe place" instead of sending them back into dangerous spots.

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