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Nov 5: Immigration Bed Mandate 101 – National Telemeeting for Advocates

October 30, 2013


“Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners — regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention in the U.S.”  – The Editors of Bloomberg View, 9/26/2013

“In the past five years, Homeland Security officials have jailed record numbers of immigrants, driven by a little-known congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the “bed mandate.” The policy requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an average of 34,000 detainees per day in its custody, a quota that has steadily risen since it was established in 2006. . .”  – The Washington Post, 10/13/2013

Do you want to learn more about the immigration bed mandate and its impact on the immigration detention system? Interested in learning its history? 

Looking for alternatives to the mandate and the way forward? 

Please join us on a call for advocates: 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Please RSVP online at:

Speakers include:

  • Brittney Nystrom, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service
  • Ruthie Epstein, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Katharina Obser, Human Rights First
  • Madhu Grewal, Detention Watch Network
  • Royce Murray, National Immigrant Justice Center (facilitator)

Co-sponsored by:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Detention Watch Network (DWN)
  • Human Rights First (HRF)
  • Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS)
  • National Immigration Forum
  • National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
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