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Detention Quotas

Quotas contribute to the mass detention of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Ending this policy is a necessary and timely first step toward stopping immigrant detention, which pulls loved ones apart and causes untold psychological suffering as well as financial hardship.

Detention has resulted in human rights abuses, torture, and denials of due process—all while funneling taxpayer dollars into the hands of for-profit corporations that make money on denying people their liberty.

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Did you know that Congress requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 spaces in immigration detention centers every single day? Join us in calling on Congress to end the detention quota and support inclusive policies that respect the dignity and rights of all people. 

Understanding immigration detention quotas


For-profit corporations, which invest heavily in campaign contributions and lobbying, currently house nearly two-thirds of all immigrant detainees in publicly funded detention centers. Expanding grounds for immigrant detention is profitable for them, but imprisoning people to serve a profit motive is clearly wrong. Download the white paper to learn more.

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