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National Call-in Day to #Endthequota (Updated 6/13/14)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14031043 (posted Jun. 13, 2014)"

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Background on the Detention Bed Quota
On March 4, 2014, the President submitted his budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Congress. Included in that budget was $1.8 billion to detain 30,539 immigrants per day-an arbitrary, congressionally-imposed figure not based on the demonstrated needs of the agency. Congress first enacted the detention bed quota in 2007, and ICE as well as some members of Congress interpret the quota to require ICE not only to maintain those beds but also to keep every bed filled every day. In this year's budget American taxpayers are spending $2 billion to keep on average 34,000 immigrants locked up every day. Though statute requires some individuals to be detained, thousands of people are detained unnecessarily.

Soon, the full House and the Senate Appropriations committee will begin debate on their respective DHS appropriations bill, now is the time to make sure they hear from you on eliminating the wasteful, inhumane, arbitrary bed quota.

Read AILA's Take on the Detention Bed Quota (AILA Doc. No. 14012744.)

For AILA Members: Op-Ed Template - Detention Bed Quota: Bad Policy (AILA Doc. No. 14020306.)

We encourage AILA members to take the template opinion piece here, personalize it, and submit it to their local news outlets.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
#EndTheQuota National Call-in Day

Find your Senators and Representative.

Sample Script: My name is _____ calling from [CITY, STATE]. I urge Congress member [NAME] to oppose the wasteful and inhumane immigration detention bed quota in any appropriations bill.

Background on the Detention Bed Quota

On March 4, 2014, the President submitted his budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Congress. Included in that budget was $1.8 billion to detain 30,539 immigrants per day-an arbitrary, congressionally-imposed figure not based on the demonstrated needs of the agency. Congress first enacted the detention bed quota in 2007, and ICE as well as some members of Congress interpret the quota to require ICE not only to maintain those beds but also to keep every bed filled every day. In this year's budget American taxpayers are spending $2 billion to keep on average 34,000 immigrants locked up every day. Though statute requires some individuals to be detained, thousands of people are detained unnecessarily.

Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. On Tuesday, March 11th, call your Senators and Representative and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in ICE detention facilities on any given day.

Read AILA's Take on the Detention Bed Quota. (AILA Doc. No. 14012744.)

For AILA Members: Op-Ed Template - Detention Bed Quota: Bad Policy (AILA Doc. No. 14020306.)

We encourage AILA members to take the template opinion piece here, personalize it, and submit it to their local news outlets.

 
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