Over 200 Organizations Condemn Expansion of U.S. Immigration Detention System Under Biden

Over 200 orgs condemn Biden's expansion of abusive immigration detention system, urging him to fulfill campaign promises and end this "wasteful and abusive" practice.

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Over 200 Organizations Condemn Expansion of U.S. Immigration Detention System Under Biden

Over 200 Organizations Condemn Expansion of U.S. Immigration Detention System Under Biden

More than 200 organizations have sent a letter to President Biden expressing outrage over the expansion of the U.S. immigration detention system under his administration. The groups, which include human rights advocates, argue that the expansion marks a betrayal of Biden's campaign promises to end the use of for-profit detention centers and further entrenches the reliance on detention, mostly through private prisons and county jails.

The letter states that the detention system is "riddled with abuse and impunity," citing issues such as inadequate medical care, mistreatment of LGBTQ individuals, and the disproportionate impact on Black immigrants. "The detention system is riddled with abuse and substandard care, with inadequate medical care, mistreatment of LGBTQ individuals, and disproportionate impacts on Black immigrants," the letter reads.

When Biden took office in 2021, immigration detention numbers were at a historic low, presenting an opportunity to wind down what the groups call a "wasteful and abusive system." However, the administration has instead increased the number of people in custody, despite recommendations to close some of the worst detention centers.

The Biden administration defends the expansion of detention as necessary for removal operations and to address the growing number of encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border. But the organizations argue that this approach is unnecessary and abusive, contending that detention does not serve any rational policy goal and is instead driven by the "political goal of deterrence," which they describe as "cruel, inhumane, and misguided."

Why this matters: The expansion of immigration detention under the Biden administration has significant human rights implications and raises questions about the president's commitment to his campaign promises. The letter from over 200 organizations highlights the ongoing concerns about abuse, inadequate care, and the disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations within the U.S. immigration detention system.

The letter urges the Biden administration to reverse course and reduce the reliance on immigration detention. "We implore the president to consider the legacy his administration will leave on immigration policy and to take steps to wind down the immigration detention system," the organizations write. They argue that the administration's approach represents a betrayal of Biden's campaign promises and call for the adoption of policies that uphold the rights and dignity of immigrants.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 200 organizations oppose Biden's expansion of immigration detention.
  • The detention system is criticized for abuse, inadequate care, and disproportionate impact.
  • Biden increased detention despite recommendations to close worst detention centers.
  • Biden defends expansion as necessary for removal operations and border encounters.
  • Organizations urge Biden to reverse course and reduce reliance on immigration detention.