On any given day, at least 34,000 people are detained in immigrant detention centers in the U.S. to meet an arbitrary lock-up quota dictated by Congress. Stopping the quota would be a giant step forward in ending our reliance on detention. Grassroots Leadership researches and exposes the role of for-profit prisons and their lobbyists in enacting the quota contributes to the growing national movement to stop immigrant detention.
Detention and the #EndTheQuota Campaign
It's Throwback Thursday at Grassroots Leadership and we are looking back at the successful campaign to stop immigrant family detention. Read more about #TBT Si Kahn Performs Outside the Hutto Detention Center
In early October, representatives from Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families (TUFF) traveled to Houston, TX to meet with members of La Tuya (Texas Undocumented Youth Alliance) and LIFT (Liberating Immigrant Families Together) to strategize the closure of Polk County Detention Center in Livingston, Texas. Read more about Dialogue on Detention: Closing Polk Together
Texans in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley are organizing to close more than a dozen individual Wells Fargo accounts on Thursday. We are protesting the financial institution doing business with companies that profiteer from locking up immigrants. Read more about How (And Why) to Close Your Accounts with Wells Fargo This Halloween
What would it mean to you to know that you aren't alone and haven't been forgotten?
Shortly after their marriage in 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took Naz away from his wife, Hope. Read more about You Can Visit A Person in Immigration Detention
Check out the above video from our friends at Community Initiatives Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVC) that explains the ICE bed mandate in detail.
Business is booming for private prisons that house immigrants thanks to the little-known “bed quota.” Read more about Who Benefits from the ICE Bed Quota? Not You.
This week, National Immigration Forum posted their report, The Math of Immigration Detention: Runaway Costs for Immigration Detention Do Not Add Up to Sensible Policies, examining the cost to taxpayers of detaining immigrants, the majority of whom have no criminal record. Additionally, the report highlights how the private for-profit prison industry stands to gain the most from the growing number of immigrants in detention facilities.
The report paints a clear picture of the exorbitant amount of money the federal government continues to spend on detaining hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year, while funding allocated for alternatives to detention, which would keep immigrants in their communities with their families, remains dwarfed in comparison to detention.Read more about It's Elementary: The Cost of Immigration Detention Doesn't Add Up
As we covered two weeks ago, the "comprehensive immigration reform" measures being debated in Congress could pour even more millions into the pockets of private prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group. The bill passed by the Senate last month would increase funding for programs like Operation Streamline, which funnel immigrants into the federal criminal justice system are result in more immigrants behind bars. Now that immigration reform has been passed off to the House of Representatives, we've compiled a list of the the six representatives who benefitted the most from for-profit prison money in 2012.