The head of the U.S. agency that released more than 2,000 detained immigrants facing deportation said the decision was made for budgetary reasons, as Republicans questioned whether it placed people in danger and was precipitated by politics.
Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention in the U.S.
Capital One Financial Corp., the bank that agreed to pay $210 million to settle U.S. charges of deceptive marketing of credit-card products, hired the nation’s top immigration official to head compliance operations.