[Pnews] Advocates Sound the Alarm: The Number of People in ICE Detention Spikes Under the Biden Administration to Over 20K

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Tue May 18 11:10:10 EDT 2021


  *For Immediate Release:*

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Contact: media at detentionwatchnetwork.org

*Advocates Sound the Alarm: The Number of People in ICE Detention Spikes 
Under the Biden Administration to Over 20K*

*Washington, DC *— Detention Watch Network is sounding the alarm that 
the number of people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 
detention system has seen a sudden spike under the Biden administration. 
ICE’s COVID statistics page 
<https://t.e2ma.net/click/nz2ans/nv30oq/7ad2iyp> indicates that there 
are 20,430 people in ICE custody as of May 14, a nearly 33 percent 
increase since the start of Biden’s administration when there were 
15,415 people in ICE custody.
“The rising number of people in detention is unacceptable, full stop. 
The administration has claimed that action is forthcoming to roll back 
ICE’s abusive detention system, and yet we are seeing the continued 
reliance on this fraught system that puts lives at risk,” *said 
Setareh Ghandehari, Advocacy Director. *“Simply put, people should be 
able to navigate their immigration case at home and with community 
support if needed — not behind bars in immigration detention.”
Immigration detention reached its height in Fiscal Year 2019 when the 
U.S. government detained a record number of people — more than 50,000 
on an average day — and spent nearly $3.2 billion, another record, on 
detention alone. And while by comparison today’s numbers are lower 
than in recent years, advocates are disappointed that the Biden 
administration has yet to address detention, particularly following his 
remarks against ICE’s detention system 
<https://t.e2ma.net/click/nz2ans/nv30oq/n3d2iyp> just three weeks ago 
while in Georgia. Advocates are now turning their attention to Biden’s 
forthcoming budget proposal slated for release next week.
“Given the Biden administration’s promises to roll back the 
detention system, end the use of private prisons in ICE detention and 
fight for racial equity in this country we are alarmed that the 
administration is setting a dangerous precedent for what’s to come 
throughout the next four years,” *added Ghandehari.* “All eyes are 
on Biden, as we call on the administration to cut funding for ICE in his 
upcoming budget proposal and reduce funding for detention by at least 75 
percent. The number of people in ICE detention should only go down until 
no one is detained.”
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*Detention Watch Network (DWN)* is a national coalition building power 
through collective advocacy, grassroots organizing, and strategic 
communications to abolish immigration detention in the United States. 
Founded in 1997 by immigrant rights groups, DWN brings together 
advocates to unify strategy and build partnerships on a local and 
national level. Visit detentionwatchnetwork.org. Follow on Twitter 
@DetentionWatch.


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