President Biden campaigned on an immigration system that centers human rights and racial justice. Nearly half a year in, he has yet to live up to that promise. According to a new progress report by Amnesty researchers, this administration has overseen a dramatic 82% rise in immigration detention since February. Biden MUST change course.
Over 25,000 people are unjustly locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – as the current administration continues Trump-era policies of blocking and expelling hundreds of thousands of people at the U.S. southern border who enter the country seeking safety. The vast majority of people detained are held in facilities run by for-profit private prison corporations, which are well-documented to have inadequate conditions and negligent medical care. Even as many parts of the country are receiving protections against COVID-19, people in detention simply cannot access these same safeguards and are forced to face COVID-19 spikes in ICE facilities, without universal access to vaccines or adequate protective measures.
Take Action: Urge President Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to free immigrants and asylum-seekers, stop for-profit detention, and implement fair and humane asylum processes that provide a meaningful opportunity to ask for protection at the border. Biden made a commitment to advance human rights and racial justice – let’s hold him to it.