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Call to #EndtheQuota Today!

May 7, 2014
Today, people directly impacted by detention, advocates, faith communities and members and allies of Detention Watch Network (DWN) will take part in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill organized by DWN and CAMBIO. They will be asking members of Congress to End The Quota! Amplify their voices by calling your member of Congress today, Wednesday, May 7th and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep an average of 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day.

What You Can Do Today to #EndTheQuota
Call your Senators and Representative: 

  • Click here to find your Senators and their phone numbers
  • Click here to find your Representative and his/her phone number
  • Call (202) 224-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard
Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from ­­­­­_____.  As a constituent, I oppose funding for the immigration detention bed quota, which ensures that 34,000 immigrants are incarcerated in ICE detention facilities at any given time. I urge you to contact members of the Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee, and tell them that you oppose the immigration detention bed quota.  If the bed quota is included in appropriations, I hope you will support an amendment to strike it from the final appropriations bill.
Background Information: The detention bed quota is an unprecedented policy – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system.

  • The cost to maintain the unmanageable system of immigration is excessive. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants and 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.
  • Money appropriated for the bed quota often lines the pockets of the for-profit prison corporations that run nearly half of the beds in immigration jails. The two top private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group, have a combined annual revenue of over $3 billion.
  • With a guaranteed need for detention “beds” or jail cells, 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.
We encourage you to schedule a meeting with your member of Congress (either in DC or in the district office) to follow-up after your call.
Did you call or meet 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!

Tweet today about the advocacy day and your opposition to a bed quota with #EndTheQuota:
Sample Tweets:
TODAY @DetentionWatch & @CAMBIOtoday is bringing families, faith leaders & advocates @uscapitol to say #EndTheQuota #stopice & #Not1More
.@RepHalRogers Immigration detention bed quota is wasteful & unnecessary. No other law enforcement uses a bed quota! #EndTheQuota#Not1More
.@houseappropsgop Immigrants are not numbers to fill a bed quota & line pockets of #privateprisons corporations! #EndTheQuota #2million2many
.@SenateApprops ICE detention & deportations are breaking apart families & costing taxpayers billions #EndTheQuota #not1more #2million2many
.@SenLandrieu Detention bed quota costs nearly $2 billion & prevents real immigration reform! Counting on you to #EndTheQuota #2million2many
End the Quota Action:
Join us in Washington, D.C. as we march, we rally, and take a public stance against the arbitrary quota that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time.What: End The Quota March and Action in Washington, D.C.
Where: Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro Station (Orange/Blue Line)
Time: 3:00 p.m.
When: Friday, May 9th, 2014

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