House Democrats are racing to come to an accord with President Donald Trump this week that would avoid a government shutdown while also cutting the explosive growth in immigration detentions under the Trump administration.
But immigration activists warn that the Democratic proposal may not have its intended effect, and could end up perversely incentivizing even more lock-ups.
With only four days left to broker a compromise before the government shuts down, House Democrats have proposed putting a cap on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions as part of a final deal. They’ve pitched it as a way to curb an overzealous ICE. The administration and its allies are calling it a boon to criminals.