Our latest press releases on important news and events relating to immigration detention in the United States

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More states join the growing consensus to end immigration detention

March 14, 2023

Nationwide  — When the COVID-19 pandemic began, immigrant rights advocates raised the alarm over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) putting the lives of people in detention at even more risk. As the federal government declares this public health emergency over, calls are intensifying for the Biden administration to address an array of cruel immigration detention practices and policies.  Local communities across the country are proposing state legislation that would end ICE facility contracts as a step toward shutting down detention centers entirely.

Family members and advocates demand answers from ICE on the death of father in their custody

March 9, 2023

San Diego, California —The Free Them All San Diego Coalition, the Mami Chelo Foundation, and Detention Watch Network are demanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately investigate and release findings related to the death of Cristian Dumitrascu, a 50-year-old man from Romania. Mr. Dumitrascu died on March 5 while detained at the San Diego ICE Otay Mesa Detention Center. Immigrant justice advocates are demanding the facility shut down and that ICE release everyone detained in the wake of this tragedy.

Mass Hunger Strike at ICE Detention Facility in Louisiana - Detained People Demand to Be Released

March 2, 2023

Jena, Louisiana — Today, news broke of a hunger strike at the Central Louisiana ICE Processing Center with an estimated 300 people kicking off the strike by refusing their breakfast on Monday and demanding their release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility run by the second-largest private prison corporation, The GEO Group (GEO Group). 

114 Immigrant and Human Rights Groups Demand Biden Close Detention Centers, Stop Expansion and Cut Funding for Immigration Detention

November 21, 2022

Washington, DC — Today, 114 immigrant and human rights groups delivered a letter to the White House urging the Biden administration to immediately close Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, prevent the development of new detention sites or expansion of existing ones, and cut funding for immigration detention from Congress.