Washington, D.C. – In a C-SPAN interview, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf outlines plans to request additional DHS funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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Resolution in Texas calls for the release of people from immigration detention due to COVID-19 — only the second resolution to pass nationwide
Cameron County, Texas — As the result of ongoing advocacy efforts by the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network and Detention Watch Network the Cameron County Commissioners Court passed a resolution on May 12 calling on the release of people from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, prison, and jails to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Communities across the country are joining in a national day of action to call on elected officials to demand ICE release all people from immigration detention
Washington, DC — Today, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and immigrant rights advocates from across the country are joining in a national day of action calling on their elected officials to demand Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release all people from immigration detention now.
Washington, DC — In response to the untimely passing of Oscar Lopez Acosta due to complications from COVID-19 after being released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Silky Shah, Director of Detention Watch Network offered the following statement:
Washington, DC — Today, House Democrats hosted a virtual forum on the “response” by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to the COVID-19 pandemic and current conditions in ICE detention.
San Diego, CA— In response to the first COVID-19 related death of a detained person at the CoreCivic operated Otay Mesa Detention Center in California, immigrant rights advocates issued the following statements:
Pedro Rios, Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s US-Mexico Border Program in San Diego, said:
Washington, DC — Today, the Trump administration is expected to announce an executive order impacting immigration to the United States. In anticipation of this announcement Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:
People detained at the Northwest Detention Center spell out distress signal, SOS, as they begin the third hunger strike at the facility in three weeks to demand their immediate release
Tacoma, Washington — Today, news broke of a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington State with approximately 50 people participating to protest their incarceration at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility. Hunger strikers then spelled out the distress signal, SOS, in the yard of the detention center with their own bodies to reflect the emergency they are facing and demand ICE release them from detention immediately.
Adelanto, CA — Today, the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ) and Detention Watch Network released a new video on the Adelanto Detention Center in California, one of the largest and deadliest immigration detention centers in the country, and the ongoing efforts to shut it down.
Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/DetentionWatchNetwork/videos/161264158487617
Washington, DC — In response to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities and ICE’s refusal to release all people in detention, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement: