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Featured Issue: Detention and Family Detention

America's immigration detention practices undermine the fundamental principles of due process and fairness, and require immediate systemic reform. Annually, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unnecessarily detains more than 400,000 people, including asylum seekers and other extremely vulnerable immigrants. Many detainees are held for prolonged periods despite the fact that they have strong ties to the United States and pose no threat to public safety. The Obama administration's massive expansion of family detention began in the summer of 2014 and will incarcerate thousands of children and mothers this year. This practice is a due process and humanitarian disaster and must end.

Detention is extremely expensive, costing American taxpayers $2 billion per year. Family detention alone costs $343 per individual per day. Proven alternatives to detention, by contrast, cost between 17 cents and $17 per day. Detention should be a last resort, used only when other means of supervision are not feasible, and only after a truly individualized assessment of someone's public safety and flight risk. Alternatives to detention should be used to reduce our reliance on costly institutional detention, and never as an alternative to release.

End Family Detention

#EndFamilyDetention Infographic

Congressional calls to #EndFamilyDetention have turned the tide of momentum significantly.

House Minority Whip and 7 Representatives Experience 'Heartbreak' at Karnes and Dilley Family Detention Centers

DHS June 24, 2015, Announcement of Family Detention Reform: A Step Forward, but We Must #EndFamilyDetention Entirely

ICE June 23, 2015, Press Release Inaccurately Portrays Family Detention Centers as 'Humane'

In Overwhelming Numbers, Congress Calls on President to #EndFamilyDetention

ICE May 13, 2015, Announcement on Family Detention Misses the Mark

Melida and Her Daughter Were Released from ICE Custody

Recent AILA Resources on Family Detention

Congressional Activity on Family Detention

AILA Lawyers at Dilley!

Letters to the Administration Opposing Family Detention

AILA Resources on Adult Detention and the "Bed Quota"

Additional Resources on Family Detention

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 12011164.