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Take Action: Tell Congress Setting Quotas for Immigrant Detention is Wrong
March 11, 2014

Take Action: Tell Congress Setting Quotas for Immigrant Detention is Wrong
Detainees celebrate Mass at the Service Processing Center for detained undocumented immigrants in El Paso, Texas. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants—including many asylum-seekers, in direct contradiction of international guidance—and ICE’s current detention budget is just short of $2 billion. During a time of fiscal crisis, it is unacceptable to be spending billions in taxpayer dollars each year to needlessly detain immigrants to fill a quota.

(Washington, D.C. March 11, 2014 — On March 4th, the President submitted his budget request for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigrant detention, to Congressional appropriators. Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. Call your Senators and Representative today and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which requires DHS to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day. This policy is unprecedented – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system.

What You Can Do to #EndTheQuota:

Call your Senators and Representative TODAY: Tuesday, March 11th

Congressional Switchboard: Call 202-224-3121 OR Click here to find your Senators and their phone numbers; Click here to find your Representative and their phone numbers

Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from [CITY, STATE]. I urge Congress member [NAME] to oppose the wasteful and inhumane immigration detention bed quota in any appropriations bill.  

Background Information: The immigration detention bed quota requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up a minimum of 34,000 immigrants at any given time. This policy is unprecedented – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system. 

• The detention bed quota essentially forces the use of facilities that have poor track records in which many human rights abuses and dozens of deaths have occurred. These facilities have issues including no access to the outdoor space, maggot- and worm-infested food, and wholly inadequate medical and mental health care.

• The cost to maintain this system is excessive. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants—including many asylum-seekers, in direct contradiction of international guidance—and ICE’s current detention budget is just short of $2 billion. During a time of fiscal crisis, it is unacceptable to be spending billions in taxpayer dollars each year to needlessly detain immigrants to fill a quota.

• The quota not only impacts the hundreds and thousands of immigrants that go through the detention system each year, but also their families and communities.

For additional information and talking points please visit: www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

Keep up the pressure on social media!

Find Your Representative and Senators (and @houseappropsgop@SenateApprops) on Twitter and urge them to #EndTheQuota.   

• Sample Tweets: 

• .@[your Rep or Sen twitter name] #immigration #detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane, not used by other law enforcement! @jrsusa says #EndTheQuota
• .@houseappropsgop #immigration #detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane, not used by other law enforcement! @jrsusa says #EndTheQuota
• .@SenateApprops #immigration #detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane,  not used by other law enforcement! @jrsusa says #EndTheQuota
• .@SpeakerBoehner #immigration #detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane,  not used by other law enforcement! @jrsusa says #EndTheQuota

Facebook: Find your Representative and Senators on Facebook and leave a message on their Facebook page, urging them to #EndTheQuota  





Humane Immigration Reform

Press Contact Information
Mr Christian Fuchs
communicationsdirector@jesuit.org
202-629-5946