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Influx of Migrants Overwhelm Detention Facilities in Arizona – Time to Revisit Detention Policy?

by Axios | Updated on 10.10.18

An abrupt spike in the number of Guatemalan families in Arizona's detention facilities has forced federal immigration authorities to release hundreds of parents and children in recent days to church shelters and charities, reports the Washington Post.

The details: A spokeswoman for ICE, Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, said the agency does not have the capacity to conduct case reviews without risking violating court-mandated limits on how long children can be held in detention facilities. The Post cites an anonymous Department of Homeland Security official saying the government has seen record numbers of family units coming across the border. September arrest totals haven't been published, but the official said the number of parents with children is expected to exceed the 12,774 family members arrested in August.

-Khorri Atkinson

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  • Roger
    Voted No
    10/10/2018
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    Detention facilities are a step farther than the illegal aliens should make. Stop them at the border. Increase border protections and stop allowing illegals into our country. Always vote for the protection of America and Americans and not illegal Aliens.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
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    First step is to dismantle ICE. Their Gestapo like raids and arrests are in humane. We have become a country where bigotry and racism rules in our WH, in Congress and with Kavanaugh’s confirmation, within the Supreme Court. This permanent stain in US history should shame those who stand idly by, saying or doing nothing to stop it. Complicity is just as ugly as active racism. #vote

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  • Kelly
    Voted Maybe
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    Send them all back . Block everyone.

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  • Riley
    10/11/2018
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    Build the wall, deport them

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  • JTJ
    Voted No
    10/10/2018
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    Build the wall

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  • ProudAmerican
    Voted Yes
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    Zero tolerance must be reimplemented in conjunction with Mexico to end this madness. Illegal aliens and their children should be detained until their court proceedings can be completed. If they have a legitimate and compelling asylum claim, Grant temporary asylum; if it’s not legit them send them back and refer them to the legal process of immigrating to another country. Fund the construction of the rest of the border wall, double fences, technology, and more CBP Agents and National Guardsmen.

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  • BradSmith
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    We have laws to protect US citizens. The administration is obligated to enforce the laws. People wishing to enter our country must obey our laws or face the consequences of breaking our laws. We have embassies and consulates in these countries the people are fleeing from and through where they can apply for asylum. The previous administration’ failures in enforcing our laws has cruelly encouraged people to believe they don’t have to obey our laws nor respect our borders. This has led to the current so called crisis.

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  • Damian
    Voted Maybe
    10/11/2018
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    Resist!

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  • Tinee
    Voted Yes
    10/10/2018
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    Trump's zero tolerance policy created the nightmare. I will make sure future generations know about all the damage it caused.

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  • Oliver
    Voted No
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    Send them back! Do you live in a house without doors and allow anyone to come in? Same concept.

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  • Samuel
    Voted Yes
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    Put them in a truck, send it back to the border. We are not responsible for these people!

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  • Eric
    Voted No
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    Build the wall, send them all back and tell Latin America to fix their problems. South America needs to be great for once! They will never change and we will not be there to always help them...

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  • John
    Voted Yes
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    Stop 45’s xenophobic war on immigrants and asylum seekers and establish a sensible, non-racist immigration system.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted No
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    🤔 A VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE DETENTION ISSUE 🤔 I BELIEVE that I’ve a very simple process, which would end the “Detention Facilitates” issue, folks. What pray tell, can that, be? It’s a simple Three-Step process: 1). Build the Wall. 2). Stop 🛑 them at the Border. AND...... 3). Send the immigrants back to one of the 8 either USA 🇺🇸 Counsels offices or USA 🇺🇸 Embassy to process the the required documentation to legally entering the USA 🇺🇸. Of course We’ll never-ever see the Democratic Leadership & their followers agreeing with such a simple realistic resolution. 10*10*18 ..... SneakyPete.....

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  • David
    Voted Yes
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    It’s time to welcome the stranger. We need to act like a mature and generous country, not immature narcissists who have no concept of anything other than self.

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  • Gerry
    Voted Yes
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    Revise and get rid of migraines or whatever you want to call them back to their original countries. No exceptions no more children being born in the country that we pay for no more do they become citizens because they’re born here. This entire situation is way out of control and has been for at least 30 years. Stop immigration until we have control of it. Do it now make it a lawAnd anyone who goes against it is incarcerated including and not limited to government officials.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
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    Our current approach to immigration is not sustainable. We should not detain, we should deport. Our republic should not be the global police nor the public servant to all.

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  • James
    Voted No
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    They no that they are here illegally and I don’t give a Rat’s! Hire the right people to process them and head them back south!

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    Voted No
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    Work with Mexico to build facilities on the Mexican side. Release all of the prisoners that are not violent and were only locked up because Republicans didn’t like the color of their skin or whatever unethical reason Republicans fabricated to make money off prisoners. Then utilize the prisons for this application. Put the migrants to work remodeling he facilities, so that they are more hospitable for families and children, like a camp. Make sure to remove the steel bars from the rooms (cells). Go after all of the unethical Republican businesses that continue to hire illegal immigrants. The fines charged to these companies could fund the entire immigration solutions. Fine them 10% of total revenue for each illegal they have hired, even if it may bankrupt the company. Another ethical company will come in and operate morally and ethically.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted No
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    🤔 A VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE DETENTION ISSUE 🤔 I BELIEVE that I’ve a very simple process, which would end the “Detention Facilitates” issue, folks. What pray tell, can that, be? It’s a simple Three-Step process: 1). Build the Wall. 2). Stop 🛑 them at the Border. And 3). Send the immigrants back to one of the 8 either USA 🇺🇸 Counsels offices or USA 🇺🇸 Embassy to process the the required documentation to legally entering the USA 🇺🇸. We will never-ever see the Democrats and their followers agreeing with such a simple realistic resolution. 10*10*18 ..... SneakyPete.....

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  • Bernie
    Voted No
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    Deport

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  • Daniel
    Voted No
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    No it is time you Democrats get off your fat asses and fix the immigration issue you have had 1 1/2 years since this administration took office. Yet you enjoy playing with yourself instead of doing your jobs to fix it. Because your hate out rules your responsibility to do your job you were elected to do. This not being fix is your fault not anyone’s else’s stop crying in your cribs get to work.

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