CIVIC regularly receives complaints from people in immigration detention in California. The top complaint is substandard medical care, followed by prolonged detention, and poor nutrition. For a state that currently detains about a quarter of all people in immigration detention nationwide per year, these figures are deeply concerning.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) just introduced a federal budget amendment to stop immigration detention expansion nationwide. This amendment would prevent the federal government from using any portion of taxpayer dollars to expand the immigration detention regime.
“We are excited to see Congressional democrats moving toward defunding immigration detention. This amendment is the first of its kind at the federal level, and we urge Congress to allow the Amendment to proceed to the House floor,” said Christina Fialho, co-founder/executive director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).
Jayapal’s amendment takes its cue from a law adopted by California earlier this year through the state budget. Earlier this year, CIVIC and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center worked with the California legislature to pass the first law in the country to put a moratorium on immigration detention expansion.
CIVIC consulted on Congresswoman Jayapal’s federal budget amendment, and we are grateful to her for introducing this short and powerful amendment.