Take Action - End the Detention Bed Quota


Join us in making a call today to end the detention bed quota!

The detention of immigrants is in itself a disastrous and inhumane policy. Filling a bed quota for detainees is outrageous. Please join this action from Detention Watch Network to end the quota!


Make a Call to End The Quota Today 

The Senate and House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittees will be debating the detention bed quota over the coming months. Call your Senators and Representative today and tell them that Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota.  

Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators and Representative

Or click here to find your Senators and here to find your 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 Information: The immigration detention bed quota requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock up a minimum of 34,000 immigrants at any given time. This policy is unprecedented – no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system. 

  • With a guaranteed need for detention “beds” or jail cells, the detention bed quota essentially forces the use of facilities that have poor track records in which innumerable human rights abuses and dozens of deaths have occurred. These facilities have issues ranging from no access to the outdoor space, maggot- and worm-infested food, and wholly inadequate medical and mental health care.
  • The cost to maintain this unmanageable system is excessive. In 2012, ICE detained an estimated 478,000 immigrants and ICE’s current detention budget is nearly $2 billion. During a time of fiscal crisis, it is unacceptable to be spending billions in taxpayer dollars each year to needlessly detain immigrants to fill a quota.
  • The quota not only impacts the hundreds and thousands of immigrants that go through the detention system each year, but also the families and communities that that have been torn apart due to immigration detention.

For additional information visit:  detentionwatchnetwork.org/EndTheQuota

Keep up the pressure on social media:

Twitter: Follow DWN on Twitter and retweet us!  Find Your Representative and Senators on Twitter and urge them to #EndTheQuota.   

Sample Tweets:

.@RepHalRogers Immigration detention bed quota is wasteful, inhumane & not used by other law enforcement! #EndTheQuota! #timeisnow

.@houseappropsgop Immigrants are not numbers to fill a bed quota & line pockets of #privateprisons corporations. #EndTheQuota #not1more

.@SenateApprops Immigration detention is breaking apart families and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Time to #EndTheQuota #not1more

.@SenLandrieu Detention bed quota costs nearly $2 billion & prevents real immigration reform! Counting on you to #EndTheQuota #timeisnow

Facebook: Like DWN on Facebook, opt-in to "Get Notifications" on the pop-up under the Like button and share our posts with your friends. Find Your Representative and Senators on Facebook and leave a message on their Facebook page, urging them to #EndTheQuota 

For more information and to get involved with the End The Quota campaign, please contact Catalina Nieto, DWN's Field Director at cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org


Don't forget to sign the petition to support detainees on a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center.

Go here to read more and sign the petition!