Under current U.S. immigration law, over 200,000 immigrants are imprisoned every year during their deportation hearings without any individual assessment of their risk to public safety or their vulnerability in detention. Mandatory detention must be repealed in order to give all immigrants a fair opportunity to pursue their right to live in the U.S. and stay with their families and communities.

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Detention Watch Network Responds to Senate Immigration Bill

Detention Watch Network Encouraged by Possibility of Immigration Reform, Calls for Fundamental Reform of the Detention System

For immediate release: April 19, 2013

Washington, DC – Immigration detention provisions in the much-anticipated Gang of Eight’s immigration bill signal progress on long overdue reforms of the unjust and inefficient system, according to the Detention Watch Network (DWN). DWN is particularly pleased to see that all immigrants would be considered for alternatives to detention. However, not fully repealing mandatory detention is a missed opportunity to realign our nation’s policies with our fundamental values of fairness and due process, the groups says. In addition, the bill includes provisions that expand the overall net of supervision, which will ultimately lead to more detentions and deportations.



For Immediate Release

March 28, 2012

Contact: Emily Tucker, 202-393-1044, Ext 223, etucker@detentionwatchnetwork.org

Silky Shah, 347-243-8743, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

Washington, D.C. – While nearly 400,000 immigrants are incarcerated each year in an expanding archipelago of punitive and life-threatening detention centers, Congress continues to deny the moral and human rights crisis caused by mass detention.  Wednesday afternoon Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) will convene a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement to continue his callous assault on immigrants and immigrant communities. The pretext for the hearing is the recent announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it will implement a revised version of its internal guidelines on the treatment of immigrants detained in ICE facilities. Detention Watch Network (DWN) condemns this latest round of anti-immigrant showboating by the Republicans and calls upon Congress to repeal mandatory detention, which is the root cause of mass immigrant incarceration.