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

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Detention Watch Network Disappointed by SCOTUS Decision, Reflects on Critical Flaws in Executive Actions

June 23, 2016

Washington, DC – “The U.S. Supreme Court’s inability to reach a decision today leaves the lives of millions hanging in the balance. As a result, immigrants will continue to be targeted by the unjust detention and deportation machine fueled by unconstitutional raids and police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) collaboration.

New Report: Aggressive Immigration Enforcement Quotas Also Used to Detain Mothers and Their Children

June 16, 2016

Washington, DC and New York, NY —Today, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released a new report, Banking on Detention 2016 Update, that reveals for the first time that mothers and their children are jailed under guaranteed minimum bed contracts for local jails.

Detention Watch Network Demands an End to Immigration Raids

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the confirmed reports of a 30 day “surge” of raids to take place across the country, Danny Cendejas, Organizing Director at Detention Watch Network made the following statement:

Announcement of increased oversight is encouraging, does not do enough to end rampant abuse at immigration detention centers

March 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced an inspection program aimed at holding accountable two agencies who have long skirted their responsibility to meaningfully care for the well-being of immigrants in their custody: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The new program promises unannounced inspections designed to monitor the Department of Homeland Security’s compliance with official government health, safety, and detention standards.

Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Detention Center

February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — A report, Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Deaths in Detention, released today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), examines egregious violations of medical standards by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that played a significant role in the deaths of eight people in detention centers across the country.

Obama’s 2017 Fiscal Budget Invests Significantly in Detention, Fails to Support Immigrant Families

February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, President Obama released the final budget of his presidency. In a disappointing proposal, this year’s budget continues to significantly invest in detention and monitoring of immigrant communities, earmarking $2.18 billion for detention.

New Report: Immigrants Facing Extreme Abuse at Adelanto Detention Center

October 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — A new report, “Abuse in Adelanto: An Investigation into a California Town’s Immigration Jail” released today by Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) and the Detention Watch Network (DWN) documents the extreme dangers detained immigrants face at the Adelanto Immigration Detention Facility — a for-profit facility where medical abuses run rampant and two high profile deaths have occurred. The report raises specific concerns about the treatment of people with disabilities incarcerated at the facility — with one man in a wheelchair denied sterile catheters, and one man with epilepsy denied a helmet to prevent head traumas during seizures.

New Report Exposes How ICE’s Inspections Perpetuate and Obscure Abuse at Immigration Detention Centers Around the US

October 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — A new report, “Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse” released today by the National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network (DWN), exposes how the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspections process for immigration detention centers obscures and perpetuates widespread abuses of detained immigrants.

New Report: Financial Market for Immigrant Detention Exposed

June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — A new report, “Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s field offices under the Obama Administration.