Congress’ Immigrant Bed Quota (Infographic)

Sharita Gruberg
Date of Publication: 
May, 2014
Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

A congressional mandate requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, maintain bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day at an annual cost of more than $2 billion. This arbitrary number is unrelated to the agency’s actual bed-space needs, wasting taxpayer dollars and placing immigrants at risk of abuse and mistreatment in detention facilities. In the past decade, detention bed space has nearly doubled, and spending has increased more than 40 percent.

Download now or view online


Gruberg, S. (2014). Congress' Immigrant Bed Quota [infographic]. Center for American Progress. Retrieved from