Under President Barack Obama, the US has deported almost two million undocumented immigrants, more than any of his predecessors.
The increasing privatization of detention centers is behind mandatory detention rules in immigration reform bill.
In the past five years a record number of legal immigrants have been locked up in the US. Officials are driven by a federal mandate that obliges them to keep 34 thousand behind bars every day.
Congress mandates that 34,000 immigrants be detained in the United States every day of the year.
The detention of illegal immigrants is increasingly contracted out to private companies, whose profits have soared the last decade.
Around 34,000 undocumented immigrants are being held at detention centers around the U.S. Many have fled violence in Central America and have family here yet still face deportation. In this video, advocates go to one of the largest centers and try to help the detainees inside.
The Obama administration continues to expand its controversial practice of detaining mothers and their children despite a judge's order that using it to deter mass migration is illegal.
ICE is locking up and deporting mostly non-criminals and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a day in doing so. Here's a look at how our immigrant detention and deportation system really works.
The detention of migrants is a multi-billion dollar industry. Private corporations profit from locking up immigrants.