US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief Matt Albence said on Wednesday that it would take 140 years at the current deportation rate to remove every immigrant who has illegally entered the US during the past two years.
Over 900,000 new cases have been added to ICE’s non-detained docket over the past couple of years. Albence stated that ICE arrested about 2,500 non-criminal fugitives last year, and the docket now totals more than 3.3 million cases.
In the budget for fiscal year 2021, ICE was given $544 million to hire 4,636 law enforcement officers, immigration court prosecuting attorneys, and additional critical support staff. The budget also includes $55 million to support “improved personnel recruitment and retention efforts, and facilitate more efficient hiring practices.” $3.1 billion has also been allocated for 60,000 detention beds.
In defense of this budget increase, Albence told the House Appropriations Committee that ICE would need additional resources to “actually effectuate a judge’s removal orders.”