For Immediate Release: May 22, 2013
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Detention Watch Network Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee’s Leadership to Move Forward Detention Reform in the Senate Immigration Bill
After three weeks of markup, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, and struck down the draconian detention amendments put forth by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Sessions (R-AL). Andrea Black, Executive Director of the Detention Watch Network had this to sa
“DWN is encouraged to see that the Senate Judiciary Committee upheld American values of due process and fairness by voting against harsh amendments introduced by Senators Grassley and Sessions. The provisions would have stripped important detention reforms the Gang of Eight wisely included in the bill.
DWN also commends Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) for his leadership in limiting the use of solitary confinement in detention and Senator Coons (D-DE) for improving transparency of the secretive detention system by requiring government agencies to track and report data on immigrants in detention. We are hopeful that Congress will continue to include these critical detention reforms as the immigration debate moves to the full Senate and House. However, we remain concerned that without a full repeal of mandatory detention, which requires wholesale detention of immigrants, the system will continue to expand exponentially at a great cost to immigrant families and taxpayers.”