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March 11 – Detention Watch Network Day of Action on Immigration Detention

We applaud the efforts of our allies at the Detention Watch Network and urge all our friends and supporters to join this effort to call for an end to the giveaway to private prisons in the guise of immigration enforcement. Please read more about this important issue and participate as you are able.

Best wishes, NALACC National Team

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March 11th, 2014

#EndTheQuota National Call-in Day

On March 4th, the President submitted his budget request for DHS and ICE to Congressional appropriators. Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. On Tuesday, March 11th, call your Senators and Representative and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day.

For more information go to: www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

What You Can Do to #EndTheQuota:

Call your Senators and Representative this Tuesday, March 11th

Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Click here to find your Senators and their phone numbers

Click here to find your Representative and their phone numbers

Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from [CITY, STATE]. I urge Congress member [NAME] to oppose the wasteful and inhumane immigration detention bed quota in any appropriations bill.

Background Information: The immigration detention bed quota requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up a minimum of 34,000 immigrants at any given time. This policy is unprecedented – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system.

· With a guaranteed need for detention “beds”, the detention bed quota essentially forces the use of facilities that have poor track records in which innumerable human rights abuses and dozens of deaths have occurred. These facilities have issues ranging from no access to the outdoor space, maggot- and worm-infested food, and wholly inadequate medical and mental health care.

· The cost to maintain this unmanageable system is excessive. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants and the ICE’s current detention budget is just short of $2 billion. During a time of fiscal crisis, it is unacceptable to be spending billions in taxpayer dollars each year to needlessly detain immigrants to fill a quota.

· The quota not only impacts the hundreds and thousands of immigrants that go through the detention system each year, but also the families and communities that that have been torn apart due to immigration detention.

For additional information and talking points please go to: www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

Members of Congress on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee will be debating the detention bed quota over the coming months.

Organize an End The Quota action or public education event in your community

Please contact Catalina Nieto, DWN’s Field Director at cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org for support in planning an action or event.

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