We at CIVIC, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, strongly condemn the Trump administration’s plans to expand immigration detention. As reported by USA Today, ICE has put out requests to identify privately-run jail sites in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas.
The move will only serve to embolden Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in targeting vulnerable communities and line the pockets of profit-driven companies like GEO Group and CCA, at the expense of the lives of thousands of individuals and their families. The proposed expansion is also a waste of taxpayer money.
We successfully fought to stop the expansion of for-profit immigrant prisons in California. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the” Dignity Not Detention” bill (also known as SB29) into law, following the tireless work of immigrant rights organizations and advocates, including CIVIC, and through the help of people in detention, who bravely shared their stories with us.
California’s measure is a step in the right direction toward ending our inhumane detention system and one that can serve as a model for other states in their fight to thwart the Trump administration’s unconscionable actions.
In fact, we worked with Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal from Washington to introduce a first-of-its-kind federal budget amendment to stop immigration detention expansion nationwide. We hope to work with more legislators like her to one day abolish the U.S. immigration detention system.
– Christina Fialho, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, CIVIC