There's no question: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention is known for abuse, pervasive medical neglect, and complete disregard for the dignity of people in its custody. Last year alone, reports emerged of increased use of force, solitary confinement, patterns of sexual abuse, forced sterilization, unprecedented fatality rates, and an utter failure to protect people from COVID-19 – and it is all paid for with more than three billion dollars of taxpayers' money a year.
It's time to shut down the ICE Detention Machine. Add your name to the ACLU petition now.
While Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has moved to close two detention sites so far, ICE has doubled the number of immigrants and asylum seekers locked up in detention centers under his watch and kept dozens of facilities with appalling records of abuse and neglect open.
For the detention sites that are closing, ICE is sometimes choosing to transfer people to other detention facilities rather than release them to their communities and families – jeopardizing the health of detained people and their ability to effectively present their cases.
It's clear. This ICE detention machine must end. But we need your help to bring lasting change and repair the harm that ICE has caused. Take action today. Sign our petition and tell the DHS to shut down ICE detention facilities now.