There’s no question: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention is known for abuse, pervasive medical neglect, and complete disregard for the dignity of people in its custody. During the pandemic, new reports emerged of increased uses of force, solitary confinement, patterns of sexual abuse, non-consensual gynecological procedures, unprecedented fatality rates, and an utter failure to protect people from COVID-19.
The atrocities exposed under Trump are only the most recent and egregious manifestations of a fundamentally cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary system. The Biden administration has not only failed to put an end to this harm – it has expanded on it by awarding new contracts to private prison companies who are turning for-profit prisons into immigrant detention facilities. We must take action: Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its misguided pursuit of new detention contracts and recommit to ending ICE’s system of mass detention now.
Message Recipients: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas