Senator Mitch McConnell joined in slamming the idea stating that the Democrats proposal is not realistic. The artificial cap on beds would harm ICE's efforts to control and detain immigrants.
The deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday slammed a Democratic proposal to limit the number of beds at immigration detention centers, calling the idea “extremely damaging to public safety.”
The remarks by ICE Deputy Director Matt Albence came as bipartisan compromise talks on funding for President Trump's proposed border wall have completely broken down and just days before another government shutdown is set to begin.
“If we are forced to live with a cap, we will be forced to release criminal aliens in our custody.” Albence said on Monday. “We will be limited in our ability to respond to state and local law enforcement agencies making arrests for these crimes.”
Democrats have proposed a cap on the number of available beds in ICE detention centers with the goal of forcing the Trump administration to prioritize arresting and deporting only violent criminals and dangerous offenders.