why the US keeps people who overstay their Visa in a detention center in the United States.

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why the US keeps people who overstay their Visa in a detention center in the United States.

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Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose? Why does the US detain immigrants, migrants, tourists, etc… who are in the country “illegally” for indefinite amounts of time? Wouldn’t it be cheaper for the country to just deport them? Not saying I agree with either practice, just trying to understand what the rationale is.

There are many reasons for why someone might not get deported after getting accused of overstaying their visa. It could be a clerical issue, it might be a case of mistaken identity, they might have tried getting out of the country in time but was hindered, it might not be safe for them to return home, they could apply for asylum or refugee status, etc. So you can not actually throw people out on the day you detain them. On the other hand you can not let them go free until all this gets sorted out either. It could be that they manage to hide from the authorities. So the decision have been made to detain them in the detention centers while they prepare their court case and get put on trial.

Oh, dear.

Well, 9/11.

Depending on the year, America keeps illegal immigrants in detention or let’s them loose with their promise they will come back to face deportation.

It should be noted that many European Nations and Canada have stricter immigration rules than the USA.