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Clinton Underestimates America’s Detention Problem

May 7, 2015
Statement from Silky Shah, Co-Director of Detention Watch Network on Clinton’s roundtable addressing American’s immigration detention system problems: 

“We are encouraged to hear Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton join the growing consensus that our profit-driven immigration detention system is inhumane and morally corrupt. However, in calling for a more ‘humane’ system, Clinton misses the heart of the problem. Detaining people for a civil immigration violation for months and years at a time simply cannot be made humane. Our immigration system should at all costs work to avoid putting people behind bars for searching for a better life. That means eliminating the immigrant detention quota Clinton referred to in her roundtable, which requires 34,000 people be locked up at any given time. It also means ending detention of families, and it means completely dismantling a system that incentivizes human suffering: no more detention, period.”

Action Alert: End Family Detention Week of Action

April 30, 2015

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Sign the petition calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña to end family detention.

Make your Voice Heard on Mother’s Day

Sign up for DWN’s Mother’s Day Thunderclap 
A Thunderclap is a coordinated shared post on Facebook and Twitter to amplify a call to action. By signing up, Thunderclap will post to your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts on your behalf for a *one-time* only post at the same time as others.

Participate in an Action Near You on May 2nd

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New Policy Brief: Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration

April 20, 2015

deterrence2DWN’s new policy brief, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, examines the inappropriate use of deterrence as a rationale for immigration detention. In light of the recent lawsuit RILR v. Johnson, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, provides a broader context of the use of deterrence in immigration detention as a misguided practice of an overall system that seeks to punish and criminalize immigrants.

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Wednesday April 1 in #Newark #NJ: Screening of “Detention Stories: Life Inside the New Angel Island”

March 30, 2015



& Discussion of an Upcoming Project in New York & New Jersey

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is proud to release Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s New Angel Island, a documentary film series that explores the social and cultural world inside California’s immigration detention centers through individuals who are in the best position to describe it: men and women in detention. Come learn about the history of immigration detention in California from the early 1900s to the present and about how you can get involved with our upcoming stories project on immigration detention in New York and New Jersey. 

Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

Location: Rutgers University, The Martini Foundation Lecture Hall,

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New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention

March 19, 2015



Thursday, 19 March 2015


Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 :


DWN: “New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention”

Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama to Stop ICE’s Escalation of War on Immigrants


Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network, in reaction to ICE’s announcement that it would dramatically ramp up oversight and release procedures for immigrants with criminal convictions:

This announcement is not the result of reasoned policy analysis. Rather it was released the night before new ICE Director Sarah Saldaña was to testify before Congress and represents a preemptive surrender to its most zealously anti-immigrant members. Decisions on immigration policy and the detention of immigrants should never be based on crude political calculations.

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DWN Slams Inhofe Amendment to Senate Trafficking Bill

March 12, 2015



Thursday, 12 March 2015


Brett Abrams :

DWN Slams Inhofe Amendment to Senate Trafficking Bill As Massive and Unconstitutional Escalation of US Detention Program

Detention Watch Network Says Proposed Inhofe Amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Would Threaten All US Non-Citizens with Indefinite & Random Detention

Statement from Mary Small, policy director of the Detention Watch Network, on Senator James Inhofe’s (R-OK) proposed amendment (Inhofe 275) to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act:

“Simply put – Sen. Inhofe’s amendment is unconstitutional, a waste of taxpayer dollars and unfairly denies immigrants basic US civil rights – like a day in court. Inhofe’s amendment seeks to punish US immigrants who have been leading productive lives for years – in a cruel, and abusive use of federal policy – all without any meaningful judicial review.

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DWN Statement: Obama Budget Harms Immigrants by Funding Increased Detentions and Monitoring #EndtheQuota #ExposeandClose

February 3, 2015


For Immediate Release: February 3, 2015

Contact: Molly Haigh,

Analysis: Obama Budget Harms Immigrants by Funding Increased Detentions and Monitoring

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House announced it’s proposed budget for the 2016 financial year. In response, the Detention Watch Network released the following analysis of how the budget could affect detention levels in the coming year.

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