ACT: end for-profit detention facilities
President Biden recently signed an executive order to phase out private prisons used by the Bureau of Prisons — but that order DOES NOT apply to the privately-run facilities used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The vast majority of people under ICE custody are detained in immigration detention facilities owned or managed by private prison corporations, which have a well-documented record of harsh conditions and negligent care. Thousands of people and families are languishing in these immigration detention facilities.
For-profit detention fuels human rights abuses. Amnesty has exposed the horrifying conditions in immigration detention: lack of physical distancing, overcrowding, inadequate hygiene, and negligent medical care, making them tinderboxes for the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, Black and Brown people, who make up the majority of those detained, have long faced added discrimination and other human rights abuses at the hands of ICE. Again and again, they bear the brunt of harsh, punitive enforcement policies and practices anchored in detention and powered by private prison companies.
Our leaders must immediately free immigrants and asylum-seekers. Family detention must end once and for all, and we must stop the use of private prison companies for immigration detention. Tell Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to act decisively to reset the immigration detention system — moving from a punitive system to one based on humanity, compassion, fairness, and respect. Signing only takes a minute, and could have a massive impact on the lives of thousands of people and families!