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Detention Issues

Detaining immigrants is not a new concept in the United States. However, the practice of arresting and incarcerating immigrants who have no criminal record has grown immensely in recent years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains immigrants in federal facilities, county jails and private prisons. The conditions in these detention centers are reported to be terribly neglectful. Many detainees are those who have lived in the United States for many years, as well as asylum seekers, women, and children. To learn more about immigration detention center conditions, who profits, and the history behind this system read the articles and watch the video below.


  • Learn about the history of the immigration detention system in the U.S. and how we got to where we are today in Immigration Detention 101.
  • Read Detention By The Numbers to learn about detention centers in your area, who profits from this system, and other statistics regarding immigrant detention.
  • This article from Nolo details what to expect from the living conditions when being detained in an immigration detention center. 
  • The National Immigrant Justice Center analysed ICE’s comprehensive immigration detention data. View the data for yourself and read NIJC’s break down here.
  • Deportation and detention have a long history in the U.S. Use this timeline to understand the history of immigration detention from the 18th century to today. 


  • Watch the Brave New Films documentary, Immigrants For Sale, to learn about corruption in immigration detention centers and how private prisons are making billions from the system.

Take Action:

  • Demand that Congress stop funding immigration detention and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) by joining the #DefundHate Campaign