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Immigrants decry detention quota

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WASHINGTON — Every day, hundreds of immigrants suspected of living in the country illegally are held behind bars in Florida, part of a controversial crackdown that helps fill a federal detention-bed quota.

Critics call the quota a boondoggle that benefits privately run prisons and spreads anguish through immigrant communities. Defenders say it compels federal officials to enforce immigration law and discourages illegal migration.

Now President Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Florida immigrant leaders are trying to scale…

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