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Why I got arrested at the White House protesting the immigrant detention bed quota

Last Friday, I was one of five people arrested at the White House protesting our nation’s immigration detention bed quota.  Here's why.  

For years, I’ve watched while our nation’s immigrant detention and incarceration system has expanded and private prison corporations’ profits have soared.  I’ve seen friends’ lives destroyed while their spouses or parents have been detained and deported.  I’ve met immigrants suffering in some of the nation’s most dismal for-profit detention centers and visited detained women seeking asylum after fleeing persecution and domestic violence only to end up languishing in a detention center.

Whenever concerns are raised that immigrants’ basic human rights are being violated in detention centers, we are told that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can’t close these dismal detention centers because it must lock up 34,000 people every single day. 

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