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

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More than 200 Organizations Call on Congressional Leadership to Reject Funding Increases for Immigration Enforcement During Lame Duck, Cut Funding in 2019

November 14, 2018

Washington, DC — More than 200 non-governmental and advocacy organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership today in advance of the December 7th expiration of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, calling for bold leadership in support of immigrant communities already suffering under the Trump administration’s bloated immigration enforcement apparatus.

Trump’s Asylum Ban and the Looming Announcement to Partner with the DOD on Massive Detention Camps, Intersect to Bolster Trump’s Efforts to Appropriate More Funds to ICE

November 9, 2018

Washington, DC — Detention Watch Network (DWN) condemns Trump’s presidential proclamation to unlawfully ban migrants from long-standing asylum protections as the latest attack in his anti-immigrant arsenal.

Mary Small, Policy Director of DWN issued the following statement:

Trump Previewed Two Devastating Shifts: The Unraveling of the Asylum System and a Massive Ramp Up of Indefinite Immigration Detention in the Form of Tent Cities

November 1, 2018

Washington, DC — In response to Trump’s hate-filled speech today on immigration, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:

“Today, Trump furthered his manufactured crisis at the border narrative driven by white nationalism and race based fear-mongering. In his speech, Trump previewed two devastating shifts: the unraveling of the asylum system and a massive ramp up of indefinite immigration detention in the form of tent cities.

Detention Watch Network Launches Nationwide “Communities not Cages” Campaign to Stop the Growth of Immigration Detention

October 24, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, Detention Watch Network launched a new campaign, #CommunitiesNotCages, aimed at halting the massive expansion of the immigration detention system. With nearly 44,000 immigrants being held daily in a network of over 200 detention centers across the country, the #CommunitiesNotCages campaign amplifies the longstanding local organizing of Detention Watch Network members and advocates across the country, while building a nationally coordinated strategy to stop the expansion and ultimately abolish immigration detention in its entirety.  

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Retaliation Against Immigrants’ Rights Activists

October 23, 2018

Seattle, WA — NWDC Resistance, Detention Watch Network, and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, October 23rd asking the federal court in the Western District of Washington to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) unconstitutional policy of retaliating against undocumented immigrants engaged in First Amendment-protected advocacy in support of immigrants’ rights.

Trump’s DHS Operates Under an “Answer to No One” Mentality, Grabbing Money Left and Right to Bankroll the Deadly Immigration Enforcement System

October 3, 2018

Washington, DC — Today it was announced that Mike Pompeo unilaterally approved the transfer of State Department funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase funding for Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Mary Small, Policy Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement:

Rally and Press Conference to Stop the Transfer of Immigrants in ICE Custody to Federal Prisons

September 14, 2018

Stockton, California — Today, immigrant rights activists, community leaders and people who have been directly affected by the immigrant detention system gathered for a rally and press conference to call attention to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to jail 1,600 immigrants.

Public Outcry Pressured Congress to Reject ICE’s Request for More Money in Latest Budget Deal

September 14, 2018

Washington, DC — Yesterday, Congress reached a budget deal to fund the federal government through December 7, avoiding a shutdown. Noticeably absent from the continuing resolution package was a last minute request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as an ‘anomaly,’ to increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to further expand the immigration detention system.

Gabriela Benitez, Senior Organizer of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:

Advocates Demand Congress Stop Detention Funding

September 10, 2018

Washington, DC — Immigrants, faith leaders and advocates from the #DefundHate coalition will gather in the offices of Senator Schumer and Senator Shelby to deliver over 60,000 signatures collected by CREDO, AFSC, and members of the coalition calling for Congress to stop funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). With chants, prayers and stories from those who have been harmed by ICE, participants will call on the Senate to take action. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 11 at 11:00 am in the Senators’ offices.

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