President Donald Trump has promised to deport 2 million to 3 million people this year alone. To do so, the government typically must detain them first. But with the system already at capacity, where will all these new detainees go? A KQED investigation found the government can likely ramp up detention capacity quickly — and California’s jails could play a key part.





  • Skip Conrad

    We need to adopt Guatemala’s immigration system.

  • Really interesting. Thanks Mark and all at KQED.

  • Well Duh

    I believe one can avoid detention and a stay in jail / detention center if you agree to forgo a hearing and agree to leave the USA escorted by ICE. And there is the rub: what % of folks have shown up to their court hearings? If it was not really low we could allow folks to remain at large but we all know that is not what happens. Once released most people do not make their court hearings.

  • Capo123

    This state of affairs brings shame to all Americans. And soon it will bring serious financial loss to companies that depend on immigrant labor.

  • TerryGauchat

    The story starts and ends with Maguiber, but in the middle goes off on a statistical tangent. Is this story about the impact of raw numbers on the real individual persons and their families? I guess that’s the intention. But there is a key statistic missing: What is the probability that Maguiber, when his is finally given a fair hearing, will receive permitted immigrant status? If it is high, then the wasted money and time is a tragedy. If deportation is inevitable at this point … should it have been avoided in the first place by not (as per this hypothetical) *illegally* taking up residence in the USA? I’m perfectly willing to agree that “Undocumented Immigrants” are not “illegal aliens” until so determined by the appropriate courts. Fund the courts and resolve both the definition problem and the detention problem.

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