Pass the Dignity Not Detention Act - help end ICE detention in New York!
There are five facilities across NY State that are actively being used for immigrant detention across New York State. One is the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility and four are county jails - Orange County Correctional Facility, Clinton Correctional Facility, Rensselaer County Correctional Facility, and Chautauqua County Jail. There are over 80 people currently detained by ICE in the county jails alone. Additionally, there are 76 facilities in New York that ICE can use to detain New Yorkers - including jails, but also hotels and hospitals. And in October 2020, ICE issued a Request for Information seeking to add detention sites in New York within a 60-mile radius of the ICE New York City field office. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the dangers of ICE detention and incarceration, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that ICE detention isn’t ending under Biden - in fact, it’s increasing right now.
It’s time to take action to end ICE detention in New York! New York must pass the Dignity Not Detention Act to end immigrant detention contracts between ICE and state and local governmental entities. The bill aims to give dignity to immigrant New Yorkers, and free our communities from detention and incarceration. We need the New York State legislature to support and pass this crucial bill to end our state's collaboration with ICE.