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Listen: #BedMandate 101 – Audio from Telemeeting for Advocates

November 6, 2013

 If you don’t see the audio player above, click here to listen.

On November 5, 2013, advocates held a telemeeting to discuss the immigration bed mandate and its impact on the immigration detention system.


The immigration detention bed mandate requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold an average of 34,000 individuals in detention on a daily basis. This quota has steadily increased since its establishment in 2007. No other law enforcement agency is subject to a statutory quota on the number of individuals to hold in detention.

On November 5, 2013, advocates held a call to discuss the immigration bed mandate and its impact on the immigration detention system.  For those of you who missed the call, be sure to catch up by clicking on the audio above.

Questions?  Email DWN’s Policy Counsel, Madhu Grewal, at

Speakers on the call (in speaking order):

Brittney Nystrom, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service; Ruthie Epstein, American Civil Liberties Union; Katharina Obser, Human Rights First; Madhu Grewal, Detention Watch Network; Alix Nguefack, American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program; 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); National Immigration Law Center (NILC)


Bed Mandate 101 One-Pager

Watch CIVIC’s Video “34,000 Sold: How Human Rights are Traded for Profit in the United States”

Major News Coverage of the Bed Mandate

Letter Sent by NGOs in June 2013 Calling for Elimination of the Bed Mandate


Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Bill Foster (D-IL) have led recent efforts to repeal the bed mandate in the House of Representatives. In June 2013, the Congressmen introduced an amendment (Deutch-Foster amendment) that would have repealed the bed mandate.

Does your Member of Congress support elimination of the detention bed mandate?

Take Action to #EndtheQuota by Signing this Petition

Is your Member of Congress on the Homeland Security Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee or Senate Appropriations Committee?  Call him/her to say that you want the immigration detention bed mandate to be eliminated in Fiscal Year 2015.

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