The U.S. is required to keep at least 34,000 immigrants imprisoned every day.
Yes, you read that correctly. Required. The law is called the “bed mandate” and calls for the U.S. to keep 34,000 immigrants incarcerated every day, regardless of whether such a high number makes any policy sense. The rule represents a perfect storm of xenophobia and America’s exceptional fondness for solving all of its problems by throwing someone in a jail cell — and it’s even more problematic than you’re imagining.