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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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The death toll in ICE custody rises, groups demand an immediate investigation

April 6, 2019

Florence, AZ — Members of the Defund Hate coalition and local immigrant rights groups are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings related to the death of Abel Reyes-Clemente. Reyes-Clemente, 54, died on April 3 while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after being detained at the Florence Service Processing Center.

#DefundHate Escalates Campaign to Cut Funding for ICE, CBP in 2020

March 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. — The #DefundHate coalition announced today the next phase of its national campaign to defund Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both agencies have well-documented track records of abuse and have repeatedly thwarted oversight and accountability. CBP and ICE play a key role in Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, and are instrumental in carrying out the militarization of border communities, devastating deportations of individuals and families, and the unconscionable detention of migrants.

#DefundHate Coalition Condemns Trump’s Anti-Immigrant FY20 Budget

March 11, 2019

Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020:

Dwight community battles against private immigrant prison despite efforts by the Mayor to greenlight the proposal and stifle opposition

March 9, 2019

Dwight, IL — Community members of Dwight expressed shock upon learning of the cancellation of today’s information session at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church regarding a massive detention center proposal, even as opposition to the proposal continues to grow.

Groups demand an immediate investigation into the medical care a mother received in ICE detention, after her pregnancy ended in a stillbirth

February 28, 2019

Los Fresnos, TX — Members of the #DefundHate coalition and a local immigrant rights group are deeply saddened to learn of a stillborn baby at the Port Isabel Detention Center on February 22, as the mother was held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for nearly a week following the tragedy.

Defund Hate Coalition Rejects President’s Undemocratic Money Grab to Fund a Harmful Border Wall

February 15, 2019

Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement in response to President Trump declaring a national emergency to funnel billions more tax dollars to build more wall on the southern U.S. border:

Impacted Lives, Not Just Detention Beds

February 13, 2019

Washington, DC — In response to the proposed bill to avert another government shutdown, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement:

#DefundHate Coalition’s Call Remains: Cut Funds to ICE and CBP

February 12, 2019

Washington, DC — Last night, details of an agreement by the conference committee emerged that show potential increases to the deportation forces of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including the building of 55 miles of border wall and a massive expansion of immigration detention.

Members of the #DefundHate Coalition Demand ICE Accountability for Massive Increase in Immigrant Detention

February 11, 2019

Washington, DC — Amidst delicate negotiations in Congress over funding, ICE continues to rapidly increase the number of people it is locking up in its prison system, now standing at an astonishing 48,747 people per day, up more than 40 percent since Trump came into office.

ICE officials throw El Paso hunger strikers into solitary confinement after altercation over force-feeding, says attorney

February 8, 2019

El Paso, Texas — The nine Sikh asylum seekers on hunger strike in the El Paso Service Processing Center (EPSPC) have been thrown into solitary confinement after refusing to be force-fed standing up, reports their attorney after speaking with a family member. Immigrant rights advocates, civil rights organizations, and local community groups are deeply alarmed by this latest development involving the nine Sikh asylum seekers who have been on hunger strike for more than 40 days to protest their incarceration at the EPSPC.

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