Letter: Restore funding for family case program

Aug 29, 2018 at 4:15 AM

Defying court orders and public outcries, the Trump administration still prohibits 565 children from being reunited with their families or guardians. Ohio’s senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, are in a position to do much more than express outrage — and quite simply, too.

The Family Case Management Program doesn’t require cumbersome new legislation and has proved itself to yield better results than separation and detention. The program only needs to be restarted since the Trump administration shut it down in 2017. It works: The program had resulted in a 99 percent compliance rate with ICE-related requirements, such as attendance at court hearings and immigration appointments — without detention.

The Family Case Management Program also was cost-effective. The government spends nearly $4 billion on beds in immigrant detention facilities, even though most people facing deportation pose no public safety threat. The program costs approximately $36 per day compared with nearly $800 per day to keep a family unit in prison.

In August, the House funded the program for five years. The Senate needs to do the same. I urge Brown and Portman to do the right thing for these separated families.

There‘s more at http://bit.ly/imm-lte.

Mark Skinner, Columbus

 

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