FACTS ABOUT IMMIGRATION DETENTION

WHO IS IN ICE DETENTION?

  • Asylum seekers (like refugees)
  • Unauthorized arrival
  • Green Card holders with a past criminal conviction
  • Refugees who have had any interaction with the criminal justice system

LIFE IN DETENTION

  • Scared and Alone Indefinite Detention Threats
  • Deportation Threats No Free Legal Help
  • Isolated From Support System

GROWING CONCERNS OVER DETENTION

  • Lack Legally Enforceable Standards, Expensive
  • No Legal Representation, Lack of Services
  • High Rates of Depression and Anxiety
  • Growing in Size

DETENTION FACILITIES

  • Detainees are held in more than 200 facilities across the United States. Various facilities: County jails, Large dedicated facilities including private facilities.
  • ICE operated facilities Range in size from 2 beds to 1500+ beds.
  • Some county jails have contracts with ICE to hold friends in detention

WHO PROFITS FROM HOLDING FRIENDS IN DETENTION?

  • According to federal government data, GEO Group receives more taxpayer dollars for immigration detention than any other ICE contractor. According to USA Spending, since President Donald Trump took office, ICE has awarded over $480 million in federal funds to GEO and over $331 million to CoreCivic.

COMMON ABUSES REPORTED

  • Medical Neglect
  • Quality of food
  • Abuses from jail and detention center staff
  • Solitary confinement
  • Inhumane conditions

LENGTH OF DETENTION

Detention can last anywhere from 3 months to over 2 years.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates the largest immigration detention system in the world. An analysis from Bloomberg Government found the total fiscal spending in 2018 on immigration detention was $7.4 billion, a $2.1 billion increase since 2014.