SAVE LIVES AND TELL GOV. NEWSOM TO STOP TRANSFERS TO ICE AND HALT THE EXPANSION OF IMMIGRATION DETENTION
We are all better off when we are all healthy — especially the most vulnerable among us.
But in the face of this unprecedented health crisis, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities have continued to callously detain and cram our neighbors and loved ones in detention centers marked by a long history of medical neglect and deaths.
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 within prisons, jails, and detention facilities have continued to rise at alarming rates. Within those walls, people are jammed in close quarters with no way to social distance and inadequate access to basic hygienic necessities like soap. These facilities are already smoldering tinderboxes waiting to ignite.
In California alone, there are about 5,600 people currently held across the five immigration detention centers in the state. Despite limitations set by the California Values Act, state and local law enforcement across California continue to find ways to funnel people into ICE custody. In addition, the proposed expansions at these facilities would put even more people in harm’s way.
The federal government’s abject failure to protect lives and prevent the spread of the virus in these facilities also has an impact on the broader community. Staff, guards, and ICE agents return to their homes each night, increasing the risk of community spread.
ACLU attorneys continue to fight to depopulate these facilities. But these legal actions fall short if California continues to needlessly funnel people into ICE custody and move forward on expanding detention centers.
We need immediate, comprehensive action to save lives. Tell Governor Newsom to protect all Californians and immediately issue a moratorium to stop all transfers to immigration authorities and halt expansion of immigration detention facilities.
Governor Gavin Newsom