What the Bill Would Do
1) Increase oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Centers
2) Cuts the number of detention beds in half
3) Halt funds for construction of new facilities and expansion of existing facilities
Why We Need The Bill
Last 2 decades Federal Immigration system has undergone dramatic expansion which has led to a 400% increase in the detainment of non citizens with the increase in #s being mostly, children, women and pregnant women.
Abuse is rampant in these centers
Sexual Assault, forced labor, medical neglect and deaths occur. Bill builds upon the Dignity Not Detention Act that was passed in California last year (that is now under threat by AG Jeff Sessions)
Between fiscal year 2012 and March 2018 Ice has received 1,448 Allegations of sexual abuse. Few have been investigated.
Along with other forms of medical neglect, Pregnant women receive insufficient medical attention resulting in dehydration and miscarriages.
Denied Access to Counsel
Detainees fail to secure representation due to language barriers, wait times in detention facilities, and distance between detention facilities and government provided aid.
There have been over 170 “reported” deaths in ICE custody since 2003 (which Im willing to bet is not accurate)
DONE Act Would:
1) Require US Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress a plan to decrease the number of detention beds by 50%
2) Restore and Expand Family Case Management Programs
3) Require DHS Office of Inspector General to conduct unannounced inspections of all immigration detention centers checking for health, safety and care of detainees and report back to Congress.
4) Require DHS Office of Civil Rights & Liberties conduct investigations and report to Congress.
5) Mandate facility contracts be terminated for receiving less than adequate ratings.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: feinstein.senate.gov
Your Representative in Congress: www.phoneyourrep.com
The US Attorney for San Diego, Adam Braverman, is planning to begin the mass prosecution of migrants in San Diego on July 2, 2018. This program is inhumane, unjust, and violates migrants fundamental rights and will lead to the separation of families. Given human rights violations that will occur, we urge him to not give in to the hateful rhetoric coming from Jeff Sessions and stop the move towards mass prosecutions. Contact: 619-557-5610 or 800-544-1106
Organizations to Support
Al Otro Lado alotrolado.org
American Immigrant Representation Project immigrationjustice.us/about/airp
American Immigration Council americanimmigrationcouncil.org
American Immigration Lawyers Assoc. aila.org
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project asylumadvocacy.org
Border Angels borderangels.org
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) cliniclegal.org
Central American Resource Center carecen-la.org
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law centerforhumanrights.org
Detention Watch detentionwatchnetwork.org
Fair Immigration Reform Movement fairimmigration.org
Families Belong Together familiesbelongtogether.org
The Florence Project firrp.org
Interfaith Immigration Coalition interfaithimmigration.org
Immigrant Defenders Law Center immdef.org
Immigrant Defense Project immigrantdefenseproject.org
Immigrant Justice Corps justicecorps.org
Kids in Need of Defense supportkind.org
Kino Border Initiative kinoborderinitiative.org
National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights nnirr.org
Pueblo Sin Fronteras pueblosinfronteras.org
Texas Civil Rights Project texascivilrightsproject.org
Together Rising togetherrising.org
United We Dream unitedwedream.org
We Belong Together webelongtogether.org
Women’s Refugee Commission womensrefugeecommission.org
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights theyoungcenter.org