Washington, DC — In response to the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network offered the following statement:
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Detention Watch Network Welcomes New Approach to Immigration, Calls on Biden to Dismantle Immigration Detention in Future Actions
Washington, DC — In response to President Biden’s day one agenda on immigration, 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
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.
“Hotbeds of Infection:” New Report Details Contribution of ICE’s Failed Pandemic Response to Exponential COVID-19 Rates
Washington, DC — Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failed pandemic response substantially increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to “Hotbeds of Infection,” a new report released today by Detention Watch Network.
Mayorkas has the opportunity to make the next four years about dismantling the immigration enforcement system
Washington, DC — In response to the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under the Biden administration, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network offered the following statement:
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.
No Matter the Election Outcome, Congress Must Defund ICE and CBP and Prioritize the Wellbeing of Our Communities
Washington, DC— As Americans await the election results, the Defund Hate campaign issued the following statement:
Washington, DC — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has doubled-down on its efforts to lock-in contracts for the immigration detention system for years to come by posting four new Requests for Information (RFI) proposals for immigration jails. The RFI’s were posted for the following Areas of Responsibility (AORs) or regions:
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.
Washington, DC — On the last day of Fiscal Year 2020, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement in response to the 21 deaths that have occured in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody throughout the year:
“The tragic death toll for FY 2020 is the highest since FY 2005. People are losing their loved ones to an immigration detention system that simply does not need to exist.