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

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DWN applauds moratorium on deportations, must begin dismantling the detention system

January 21, 2021

Washington, DC — In response to President Biden’s memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement which includes interim enforcement priorities and a 100-day moratorium on deportations, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network offered the following statement: 

Today we have the lowest number of people in immigration detention in over 20 years. On day one of the Biden Administration, this number must only trend down

January 19, 2021

Washington, DC — Right now there are 15,415 people in immigration detention — the lowest number since 1999 when there were 17,772 people. However, this number does not reflect immigrant rights advocates’ resolute demands to free all people from detention, nor public outcry over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s unjust and fundamentally flawed system.

In response to Vice President Joe Biden being declared the 46th president of the United States

November 6, 2020

Washington, DC — In response to Vice President Joe Biden being declared the 46th president of the United States, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement:

“After four years of an administration that promoted white supremacy, xenophobia, and hate, this country has officially rejected  Donald Trump. Today, we celebrate the repudiation of this disastrous presidency— tomorrow, we awaken to demand a more just society under a new administration of President-Elect Joe Biden. 

Community Organizations Free Hundreds of Immigrants from ICE Detention

October 21, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, October 21st, in an action dubbed “Fall Freedom Day,” immigrant rights organizations in coordination with the National Bail Fund Network and Detention Watch Network, will begin the process of posting $3 million in immigration bonds to free hundreds of individuals held in immigration detention across the country.  The collective action builds off of years of organizing by groups across the country and a similar action in 2019 that freed over 200 people.