Smith, Jayapal Call For Immigration Detention System Reforms

October 16, 2017
The Patch
"Today, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Renton, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, convened local stakeholders in support of the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act to dramatically reform the injustices in our current immigration detention system. At present, the detention system is driven by private, for-profit corporations that benefit from increased detention efforts, like The GEO Group which operates the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. This bill moves to end the use of private facilities; repeal mandatory detention; and restore due process, oversight, accountability and transparency to the immigration detention system." Grassroots Leadership is one of 52 civil society organizations that supports this bill.