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March 11: #EndTheQuota National Call-in Day

March 6, 2014

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SAVE THE DATE
March 11th, 2014
#EndTheQuota National Call-in Day

President Barack Obama submitted his budget request for DHS and ICE to Congressional appropriators. Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. On Tuesday, March 11th, call your Senators and Representative and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep facebook-event34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day. For more information go to: detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

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What You Can Do to #EndTheQuota:

Call your Senators and Representative this Tuesday, March 11th.

Sample Script:

My name is _____ calling from [CITY, STATE]. I urge Congress member [NAME] to oppose the wasteful and inhumane immigration detention bed quota in any appropriations bill.

Background Information: The immigration detention bed quota requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up a minimum of 34,000 immigrants at any given time. This policy is unprecedented – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system.

With a guaranteed need for detention “beds”, the detention bed quota essentially forces the use of facilities that have poor track records in which innumerable human rights abuses and dozens of deaths have occurred. These facilities have issues ranging from no access to the outdoor space, maggot- and worm-infested food, and wholly inadequate medical and mental health care.

The cost to maintain this unmanageable system is excessive. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants and the ICE’s current detention budget is just short of $2 billion. During a time of fiscal crisis, it is unacceptable to be spending billions in taxpayer dollars each year to needlessly detain immigrants to fill a quota.

The quota not only impacts the hundreds and thousands of immigrants that go through the detention system each year, but also the families and communities that that have been torn apart due to immigration detention.

For additional information and talking points please go to:  detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

Members of Congress on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee will be debating the detention bed quota over the coming months.

Schedule a meeting with your Senators and Representative

End The Quota legislative toolkit. For more information on how to set-up a meeting with your member of Congress. Tell us how it went.  We need your help in tracking which Members of Congress will help us end the quota! Please contact Madhu Grewal DWN’s Policy Counsel at mgrewal@detentionwatchnetwork.org if you need support with scheduling a visit with your members of Congress.

Keep up the pressure on social media!

Twitter: Follow DWN on Twitter and retweet us! Find your Representative and Senators (and @houseappropsgop@SenateApprops) on Twitter and urge them to #EndTheQuota.
Sample Tweet (copy/paste and add  your representative’s handle): .@RepHalRogers immigration detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane & not used by other law enforcement! #EndTheQuota!
Facebook: Like DWN on Facebook, opt-in for getting DWN’s notifications (“Get Notifications” on the pop-up under the Like button) and share our posts with your friends. Find Your Representative and Senators  on Facebook and leave a message on their Facebook page, urging them to #EndTheQuota!

Organize an End The Quota action or public education event in your community

Please contact Catalina Nieto, DWN’s Field Director at cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org for support in planning an action or event.
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