ICE has been trying to keep up with Washington’s demands to send illegal aliens back home. In e-mails and memos from April 2012 sent between workers and a former ICE administrator David Venturella, employees were told to divert resources to increase their arrests and deportations because of concerns the agency wasn’t meeting its quotas. The messages, obtained through an open records request, included suggestions to comb through old probation lists for foreigners who’d committed crimes, search driver license databases for aliens, and participate in roadblocks with local police. Venturella, now a Geo executive, referred questions to a company spokesman, who declined to comment. In late 2011, Congress increased the bed quota to 34,000. The Senate immigration reform bill passed in June would give ICE greater discretion to release detainees who aren’t a risk to the community

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