In regard to the immigration discussion, keep in mind that if a would be immigrant comes to the country legally and asks for asylum based entry at the border, they are brought directly to a detention facility, their ability to get out on parole is at the Executive Officer’s discretion, and it is highly unlikely that they will obtain parole due to various conditions that they must meet. They can then spend anywhere from months to years in a detention facility. It is very difficult to meet the standards for asylum as the government tries to keep the groups who could qualify for it very narrow (far narrower than it needs to be or should be, in my white but non straight, non male opinion). Therefore, many of the asylum seekers delay their inevitable denial, opting to stay in a federal detention facility (I have been in one, they are prisons and every bit as awful as one might think) for years because to return to their home countries will mean rape/death.
However, if someone comes in illegally, they may never get picked up. If/when they are (be it for a crime or just because they are undocumented), they go to the same detention center as the asylum seekers. Unlike the asylum seekers, they are more easily bonded out (like bail) during their proceedings and their bond is at the Judge’s discretion, which is usually more reasonable than the Executive Officer’s discretion.
This is real and just one of many examples displaying that our system is designed to criminalize immigrants. Legal immigration is incredibly difficult and expensive for the imnigrant and the tax payer. Enforcing current immigration laws via detention and deportation is hugely expensive. We need reasonable paths to legal residency/citizenship for both incoming immigrants and undocumented immigrants who are already here (many of whom were lured in on workers programs in the 80s and 90s that the GOP discontinued, making thousands of legal workers into illegal immigrants over night).