Detention Watch Network Launches New Microsite, Featuring “Bedtime Stories” Representing Detained Immigrants #EndtheQuota
As part of the End the Quota Campaign, Detention Watch Network, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Codesign Studio, have launched a new microsite featuring “bedtime stories” told by volunteers representing immigrants who have been or are currently detained by the US government as part of the immigration detention bed quota.
The website, which features the experiences of people in immigration detention, tracks the nights at home that those currently detained have been deprived and calculates the total cost of the bed quota enforcement over the time that the viewer has been to the website.
Since 2010, the detention bed quota – a Congressional mandate that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in jails and detention centers in the U.S. at any given time – has stolen countless months, days and hours from immigrants and their families and communities. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants while ICE’s current detention budget is just short of $2 billion. Having a quota on how many people must be locked up every day puts a price tag on immigrant lives. The policy leads to Congress and ICE treating immigrants as numbers filling a quota and products to be bought and sold, not as real people with children and loved ones depending on them.