November 25, 2013 1:38 pm -

Throw this into the pot of immigration fixes that need to be addressed.

The ACLU reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has 34,000 immigrants in custody, at a cost of $2 billion a year to taxpayers. Most are not dangerous and don’t need to be detained while awaiting their immigration hearings. Many are actually of legal status, as long-term green card holders.

Reuters reported that it costs $119 a day to detain an immigrant.

According to Business Insider, if immigrants were required to wear electronic monitors while their cases were under review it would cost only $17.78, and they could remain with their families.