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

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After sustained local activism, Gov. Newsom signs bill banning private prisons for immigration detention in CA

October 11, 2019

Sacramento, CA — Today, after years of sustained local activism led by immigrant rights groups, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed groundbreaking legislation that will ban the use of private immigrant jails in California starting in the New Year, eventually entirely phasing out their use in the state. On the heels of HB2040 in Illinois, California’s AB32 builds momentum towards dismantling the profit motives that are deeply intertwined with mass incarceration and immigration detention.

Congressional Appropriations Leaders to Trump Administration: ICE Money Grab Won’t Be Tolerated While Congress Negotiates Next Year’s Budget

October 10, 2019

Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition applauds appropriations committee leadership for enforcing Congress’s power of the purse and rejecting future attempts to misuse federal appropriations laws to expand Trump’s detention and deportation force and continue to build his border wall.

The first death in ICE custody for Fiscal Year 2020 occurs in California as the state awaits passage of legislation to ban private detention

October 2, 2019

San Diego, CA — Detention Watch Network and Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings related to the death of 37-year-old man from Cameroon in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Buzzfeed reported the man died after being detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center (Otay) in San Diego. 

ICE Must Answer for its Abuses

September 25, 2019

Washington, DC — At a House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday morning, members of Congress will hear testimony from immigrants who have been detained in the abusive U.S. immigration detention system and have the opportunity to question former government officials who have played a role in the rapid expansion of that system.

Immigration Advocacy Groups Call on Congress to Conduct Robust Oversight of ICE Detention in their Districts

September 24, 2019

Washington, DC — During a briefing with members of Congress, the National Immigrant Justice Center, Detention Watch Network, Freedom for Immigrants, and the American Civil Liberties Union  called for routine visits to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jails in their districts and states. The coalition of organizations is calling this effort the “Eyes on ICE Detention Oversight Initiative,” and will be working with members of Congress to follow their visits with concrete actions to improve oversight and accountability of immigration detention centers.

Another death in ICE Custody after ICE grabs $271 million from FEMA and other DHS agencies 

September 13, 2019

Woodstock, Illinois — Detention Watch Network, Organized Communities Against Deportations, and the National Immigrant Justice Center are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings related to the death of Roberto Rodriguez Espinoza, a 37-year-old man from Mexico. The man died on September 10 while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after being detained at the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility in Woodstock, Illinois. This is the eighth death to occur in ICE detention in Fiscal Year 2019.

200+ Human and Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Hold DHS Accountable and Cut Funding for ICE and CBP

September 12, 2019

Washington, DC — More than 200 non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Congress today calling for members to cut the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget for detention, enforcement, and border militarization, and to put accountability measures in place to stop the agency’s pattern of abuse of the appropriations process.

Trump will stop at nothing to perpetuate immigrant suffering  — people should not be caged as they fight for their immigration status

August 21, 2019

Washington, DC — Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement in response to a sweeping plan by the administration to indefinitely detain children and families:

Day after Mississippi raids: Details are sparse, ICE motives are clear

August 8, 2019

Washington, DC — Detention Watch Network denounces Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) latest raid operation in Mississippi that tore nearly 700 people from their loved ones, including parents from their children, and drove more people into the expanding and inhumane immigration detention system.

The following is a statement from Bárbara Suárez Galeano, Organizing Director of Detention Watch Network:

The death toll in ICE custody rises to 194, groups demand an immediate investigation

July 25, 2019

Lumpkin, Georgia —Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, and Detention Watch Network are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings related to the death of Pedro Arriago-Santoya. Arriago-Santoya, 44, died on July 24 while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after being detained at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.