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.
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.
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. We need your help in tracking which Members of Congress will help us end the quota!