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U.S. Detained All-Time High of 478,000 Immigrants in FY 2012 #EndtheQuota

January 23, 2014
 
For Immediate Release: January 23, 2014
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In response to the Department of Homeland Security’s release of “Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012,” [PDF] Silky Shah, Interim Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement:

“It is alarming to see that despite supposed support for immigration reform, the Obama administration has reached an all-time high of 477,532 immigrants detained in FY 2012 from October 1 2011 to September 30, 2012. This confirms the President’s commitment to the mass incarceration of immigrants and blithe disregard for their human rights. It is an increase of 11 percent from the previous year and greatly contributes to the record deportation total under this administration. The blame cannot solely go to DHS and the Obama Administration. By supporting the arbitrary lock-up quota, Congress has mandated that 34,000 immigrants be detained daily. Meanwhile, detaining immigrants has become a billion-dollar industry for private prisons, which house 50 percent of those in custody. This flies counter to American values of due process and fairness.”

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  1. James permalink
    January 23, 2014 8:22 pm

    477,532 !! Which means 96% of the illegal invaders of our country are still at large.

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