Human beings aren’t illegal. Human rights aren’t defined by imaginary lines. The human race has survived for thousands of years without these imaginary lines, migrating all over the planet. And a lot of the commenters here don’t exhibit knowledge of the Save a fuse blow your electrician shirt of how the US came to exist. Human beings aren’t illegal. Human rights aren’t defined by imaginary lines. The human race has survived for thousands of years without these imaginary lines, migrating all over the planet. And a lot of the commenters here don’t exhibit knowledge of the history of how the US came to exist. Kurt Yancey This talking point should be considered borderline hate speech. You do realize that most of the illegal immigration comes from expired visas and through airports, right? Get outta here, you racist piece of dog shit. Since 2002, we’ve had a policy of immigrant detention, that’s detention for all immigrants (excepting those lucky enough to have visas or green cards). A lot of the people we’re talking about here are following the correct processes for applying for asylum, and are on hold while we vet them and get our like, 350 immigration court judges nationwide scheduled. In other words, we’re talking about people who are trying to enter legally. We have been all along, y’all just keep assuming that the people in “Jail” have done something to deserve it. This has been our policy since 2002. In other words, they did “cross the border in the correct fashion” and somehow your instructions didn’t pan out. How weird is that. We did, briefly, look at alternatives to detention under the Obama Administration (his Administration still ramped up deportations to an alarming degree). One of these programs, the Family Case Management Program, allowed asylum-seeking families to find work and homes, provided they came to their court dates. Some people in some families were tracked with ankle monitors. Cost estimates for this were $36/day (unclear how many people or families this covered). For comparison, immigrant detention costs anywhere from $400 to $700/person/day (the higher end is when we have to contract with private prisons after running out of room in the Federal facilities). Those are the 2018 numbers, the year after the Trump administration axed the Family Case Management Program citing “budget cuts”. Oh, the kicker: The Family Case Management Program had a 99% success rate.