“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.”
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Participate in an Action Near You on May 2nd
DWN’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.
Wednesday April 1 in #Newark #NJ: Screening of “Detention Stories: Life Inside the New Angel Island”
DETENTION STORIES: LIFE INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S NEW ANGEL ISLAND
& 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,
New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Brett Abrams : email@example.com
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.
DWN Statement: Obama Budget Harms Immigrants by Funding Increased Detentions and Monitoring #EndtheQuota #ExposeandClose
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2015
Contact: Molly Haigh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.