End the Quota
Here are 6 things you can do NOW to help End The Quota:
2 Hold educational events, community forums or teach-ins about the immigration detention system and the impact of the 34,000 detention bed quota on our communities. For educational materials and resources go here. Also, check out the calendar of events.
3 Call and/or visit your members of Congress and ask them to eliminate the immigration detention bed quota from the FY 2015 appropriations bill. Ask your Representative to vote for the Deutch-Foster amendment that strikes the quota language from the bill. For End The Quota advocacy materials go here.
4 Organize an action, or vigil outside a detention center, ICE office or congressional member’s office. Contact campaign [at] detentionwatchnetwork [dot] org for support.
5 Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about the impact of the quota in your community. For sample talking points go here.
What is the immigration detention bed quota?
Congressional appropriations language on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention budget states that "funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds." The immigration detention bed quota requires ICE to lock-up an average of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time - close to half a million immigrants annually - in a network of over 250 county and state jails, private prisons and federal facilities.
- End the Immigration Detention Bed Quota Narrative from Detention Watch Network (DWN)
- DWN's End the Quota infographic on PDF here and JPEG here
- Recording of the 34,000 immigrant detention quota webinar and power point presentation
- Congress' Costly Detention Quota infographs from Center for American Progress
- LGBTQ Rights and the Immigration Detention Bed Quota twitter chat
- Immigration Detention Bed Quota Timeline from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
- Op-Ed: Immigration detention quotas must be stopped, by Silky Shah
- Conversation about the bed quota on WBAI's War on Immigrants Report
- One pager backgrounder on the immigration detention bed quota
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA's Take on the Detention Bed Quota
- National Immigrant Justice Center, Eliminate the Bed Quota
- Links to media coverage on the bed quota
- CIVIC's video, 34,000 Sold: How human rights are traded for profit in the United States
Call your Senators and Representative and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day.
Click here to find your Senators and their phone numbers
Click here to find your Representative and their phone number
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from [CITY, STATE]. I urge Congress member [NAME] to oppose the wasteful and inhumane immigration detention bed quota in any appropriations bill.
*Members of Congress will be voting on the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill and, in the House of Representatives, will be voting on the Deutch-Foster amendment (which is an amendment that eliminates the detention bed quota in the bill) in the next few weeks.
Schedule a meeting with your Senators and Representative
End The Quota legislative toolkit, which includes how to set-up a meeting with your member of Congress and tips and talking points on the bed quota.
To leave behind after your meetings with Members of Congress:
- Bed Quota 101
- One pager immigration detention backgrounder
- Factsheet: Bed Quota Impact on Women and Families
- The Private Prison Industry and the Immigrant Detention Quota
Tell us how it went. We need your help in tracking which Members of Congress will help us end the quota!
Please contact Madhu Grewal DWN's Policy Counsel at mgrewal [at] detentionwatchnetwork [dot] org for advocacy support.