Scores of immigrants at detention centers all over the country are being released in anticipation of the looming budget cuts. One such center is the Broward Transitional Center located in Pompano Beach, Florida. We’ve written many times about BTC and Immigration Judge Rex Ford who presides over almost every removal proceeding in the facility. CLICK HERE for the story in the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
Immigrant advocates praise the decision to release immigrants who can be held for more than a year waiting for their hearings or for adjudication of their cases. Most of the detainees if not all at BTC do not have criminal records. Immigrant enforcement advocates are expressing dismay with the release of these immigrants stating that criminals are being released creating a danger to the community.
In reality, most of the released immigrants are being reunited with their spouses and children and are productive members of society.