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. Last year alone, reports emerged of increased use of force, solitary confinement, patterns of sexual abuse, forced sterilization, unprecedented fatality rates, and an utter failure to protect people from COVID-19 – and it is all paid for with more than three billion dollars of taxpayers’ money a year.
The atrocities exposed under Trump are only the most recent and egregious manifestations of a fundamentally cruel, inhumane, and – as lower detention rates during COVID-19 have shown us – clearly unnecessary system. But the Biden administration has a unique chance to shrink the architecture of immigrant detention and help repair the harm it’s caused. It can start with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutting down key detention facilities as soon as possible: Take action by sending this message to DHS today.
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Message Recipients: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas