Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Biden Must Address the Detention System

*Mensaje Bilingüe/ Bilingual Message*
Dear DWN community, 
It’s been 27 days since President Joe Biden has taken office. While we are encouraged that the administration has been taking action on immigration, there is one critical priority that has yet to be addressed: the deadly and inhumane detention system. 
Now, more than ever, it is important for us to come out strong and push the new administration to defund and dismantle a system that deprives thousands of our loved ones, neighbors, friends, coworkers and community members of their freedom. That’s why on Thursday, February 25, DWN, along with our members and allies, will be launching a unified effort to demand action from the Biden administration. Mark your calendars and get ready to join us when we make the announcement. 
In the meantime, build up momentum and amplify the demands to abolish detention, halt all deportations and free them all! Here are some actions you can plug into: 
  • Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium, which is temporarily on pause, still allows ICE to arrest people who have completed their time in jail and prison. This leaves the most vulnerable immigrants to be incarcerated again by ICE. Take action by joining the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in advocating for the release of people in detention. This is an ongoing action that occurs every Tuesday from 9am-5pm PST for the duration of the moratorium (by May 2, 2021). Visit the #100DaysforFreedom toolkit for action steps.
Sign the petition: Demand DHS halt ALL deportations 
  • Since the Biden administration has taken office, ICE has doubled down on deportations. The agency has deported hundreds of Black immigrants to countries in Africa and the Caribbean, including Cameroon, Angola, Haiti and Jamaica -- including over two dozen children deported to Haiti. ICE’s latest action further affirms the agency’s plans to inflict pain and suffering on Black and brown immigrants. Add your name today.
Send a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and demand he CANCELS a Trump-era agreement with ICE. Act before tomorrow! 
  • On the final day of the Trump administration, former acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli wrongfully signed an agreement with ICE’s union that essentially gives the union veto power over decisions made by DHS. The Department has until February 17 to dissolve the agreement. Send a letter.
In resistance,
Detention Watch Network


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