SAVE THE DATE
March 11th, 2014
#EndTheQuota National Call-in Day
President Barack Obama submitted his budget request for DHS and ICE to Congressional appropriators. Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. On Tuesday, March 11th, call your Senators and Representative and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day. For more information go to: detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota
What You Can Do to #EndTheQuota: Read more…
3/5 in #NJ: Day-Long Series of Events on #AshWednesday including Pilgrimage from #EllisIsland to the Elizabeth Detention Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clergy, Faith Leaders, Youth and Activists calling for the Dismantling of the Detention and Deportation Machine that Feeds the Prison Industrial Complex
New Jersey- On Wednesday March 5th, people from across New Jersey representing over a dozen faith based, community youth and immigrant rights groups, including members from Pax Christi NJ, First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees, will gather in four different cities, Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City and Newark to call for the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex. For the fifth year in a row a group of pilgrims and well wishers will gather in Liberty State Park in Jersey City in front of the bridge to Ellis Island. The pilgrims will walk from Ellis Island, one of our nation’s most powerful symbols of hope and freedom, to a symbol of fear and imprisonment, the Elizabeth Detention Center. This series of events is called “Sowing Injustice, Reaping Sorrow”. Participants will be drawing attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of military and economic power abroad with the flow of migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. Read more…
Obama Administration Includes Arbitrary Number of Detention Beds in Fiscal Year 2015 Budget #endthequota
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Obama Administration Includes Arbitrary Number of Detention Beds in Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Detention Watch Network Urges Congress to End the Quota and Reduce Wasteful Spending on the Incarceration of Immigrants
Washington, D.C. – Today the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. The proposal includes $ 1.8 billion for detention and maintains funding for 30,539 beds. In response to release of the FY 2015 budget proposal, Silky Shah, Interim Executive Director of Detention Watch Network (DWN) states:
Register today for DWN’s 10th National Member Conference, May 8-10, 2014 in Arlington, VA.
For more information and to register, go to: detentionwatchnetwork.org/conference2014
Regístrese hoy a la 10a conferencia nacional de DWN (La Red en contra de la detención), del 8 al 10 de mayo del 2014 en Arlington, VA. Para obtener más información y para registrarse valla a: detentionwatchnetwork.org/Conferencia2014
About the Conference Read more…
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Sign to support the hunger strikers at bit.ly/hunger-strike-to-stop-deportations
Sometimes tactics and strategies are planned far in advanced, developed and premeditated, other times it comes from a place that cannot be designed. In this case it comes from a mother’s will and community desperation, an expression of suffering and willingness to do anything to keep a family together.
Most undocumented families in the United States have already lived through the risks of getting here and the dangers of the work we do. We’ve lived through days of unplanned hunger and now accept it willingly.
Starting on Monday February 17th on Presidents Day members our communities of us will have our last meal and start a hunger strike. Read more…
Detention Watch Network & Center for Constitutional Rights File FOIA Lawsuit Seeking Information on Immigration Lockup Quota
Advocates Seek to Combat Detention Bed Quota During Upcoming Congressional Appropriations Debate
January 30, 2014, New York – Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking immediate release of documents that the United States government has refused to provide regarding the detention bed quota, which ICE has interpreted to require detaining 34,000 non-citizens per day. Advocates say this lockup quota which mandates payments to private prison corporations that manage civil immigration facilities as well as local and state jails, is unprecedented in law enforcement practice and is inextricably linked to the Obama administration’s record-breaking deportations, which are quickly approaching 2 million. Read more…
Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL) and Ted Deutch’s (D-FL) introduced of the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act, H.R. 3914, which expands and codifies the successful Legal Orientation Program for migrants in detention. It would also streamline inefficient and ineffective court processes. Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have also signed on as cosponsors of this bill. A copy of the bill is available here.
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- NIJC Welcomes Introduction of House Bill to Improve Access to Legal Counsel for Detained Immigrants
- LIRS Applaud Introduction of the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act
Image of the Adelanto Detention Center waiting room via Instagram