On Tuesday Daily Weekly contributor Keegan Hamilton wrote a story about how Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment to HR 5855 that would have appropriated more money to child sex trafficking prevention, instead having the money put in a surplus budget for immigration "detention and removal operations."
After California Democrat Loretta Sanchez made an impassioned speech in favor of directing excess ICE funding toward preventing sex trafficking, Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt countered, noting the importance sustaining a minimum 34,000 detention beds critical to ICE's Detention and Removal Operation.
When the vote came about, representatives mostly stayed loyal to their party in voting, resulting in the amendment failing.
Among Washington's delegates, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith supported the amendment, while Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, Doc Hastings and Jaime Herrera Beutler were against it. Rick Larsen abstained.
In the end, a second amendment passed giving $20 million to sex trafficking prevention. However one Daily Weekly commenter made it clear the original amendment being voted down was unacceptable and maybe even a moneymaking scheme.
As commenter WadeGraham posted:
Hadn't heard about this. Thanks for the post. Those detention beds that Aderholt says are necessary to "support robust immigration enforcement," are actually more necessary to pad the profits of the private prison industry who, through ALEC, have been getting several states to support building new detention centers for families. Maybe they're supporting Aderholt, too?