New Report: Financial Market for Immigrant Detention Exposed
Report Explores Widespread Use of Local Guaranteed Minimum Contracts in Detaining Immigrants in LA, Phoenix, Houston, Miami, San Antonio, San Diego, and More
Washington, DC – A new report, “Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s field offices under the Obama Administration.
Major areas with local quotas include: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Phoenix, Miami, Seattle, Houston, San Diego, Buffalo, New Orleans, and Newark.
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2015
Contact: Molly Haigh, firstname.lastname@example.org
DWN: ICE’s New Family Detention Policies Nothing More Than a Delay Tactic, No Meaningful Changes
Statement from Detention Watch Network Co-Director Silky Shah on ICE’s new policies on family detention:
“After successful litigation and months of actions against family detention, including a rally of 600 at Dilley earlier this month, ICE is clearly feeling pressure to address concerns around family detention. Unfortunately their new policy is nothing more than a delay tactic. ICE’s new ‘standards’ for detaining families still don’t meet the basic standards of human decency or rights. Putting women and children fleeing violence behind bars is appalling— and ICE’s latest moves change nothing on that front. It’s time for the Obama Administration and ICE to end their failed family detention program, and close these facilities once and for all. It’s time to remove this stain from America’s human rights record.”
“We are encouraged to hear Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton join the growing consensus that our profit-driven immigration detention system is inhumane and morally corrupt. However, in calling for a more ‘humane’ system, Clinton misses the heart of the problem. Detaining people for a civil immigration violation for months and years at a time simply cannot be made humane. Our immigration system should at all costs work to avoid putting people behind bars for searching for a better life. That means eliminating the immigrant detention quota Clinton referred to in her roundtable, which requires 34,000 people be locked up at any given time. It also means ending detention of families, and it means completely dismantling a system that incentivizes human suffering: no more detention, period.”
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Participate in an Action Near You on May 2nd
DWN’s new policy brief, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, examines the inappropriate use of deterrence as a rationale for immigration detention. In light of the recent lawsuit RILR v. Johnson, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, provides a broader context of the use of deterrence in immigration detention as a misguided practice of an overall system that seeks to punish and criminalize immigrants.
Wednesday April 1 in #Newark #NJ: Screening of “Detention Stories: Life Inside the New Angel Island”
DETENTION STORIES: LIFE INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S NEW ANGEL ISLAND
& Discussion of an Upcoming Project in New York & New Jersey
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is proud to release Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s New Angel Island, a documentary film series that explores the social and cultural world inside California’s immigration detention centers through individuals who are in the best position to describe it: men and women in detention. Come learn about the history of immigration detention in California from the early 1900s to the present and about how you can get involved with our upcoming stories project on immigration detention in New York and New Jersey.
Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Location: Rutgers University, The Martini Foundation Lecture Hall,
New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : email@example.com
DWN: “New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention”
Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama to Stop ICE’s Escalation of War on Immigrants
Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network, in reaction to ICE’s announcement that it would dramatically ramp up oversight and release procedures for immigrants with criminal convictions:
“This announcement is not the result of reasoned policy analysis. Rather it was released the night before new ICE Director Sarah Saldaña was to testify before Congress and represents a preemptive surrender to its most zealously anti-immigrant members. Decisions on immigration policy and the detention of immigrants should never be based on crude political calculations.