June 27th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Immigration mandate requiring U.S. to detain 34,000 immigrants costs taxpayers $2 billion

The gridlock over immigration reform in Washington is forcing President Barack Obama to issue this warning on ABC, to the parents of children who are jamming the U.S. border with Mexico:

"Our message is absolutely don't send your children, unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers," Obama said. "That is our direct message to families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."

While America struggles to cope with that sudden surge, another immigration policy is garnering attention - one put forth by Washington lawmakers that few people know about even though it's costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

It's a requirement that orders immigration officials to have at least 34,000 undocumented immigrants in custody at all times.

But is worth the price?

Deborah Feyerick has this OutFront Investigation.

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