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The undersigned organizations advocate for the human rights of immigrant communities and for a fair, functioning and humane immigration system. We urge Members of Congress to ensure that the FY2024 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security does not increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beyond FY2023’s already high levels.

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Immigration detention is part of a deterrent-oriented approach to immigration policy that imposes punishing conditions of confinement on people navigating the immigration adjudication system. As decades of data show, increasing the use of detention does not in any way solve the  challenges at the border nor does it impact the number of people coming to seek safety in the United States.

ICE’s detention system consists of a network of more than 100 private prisons and county jails where abuses are rampant, including an increasing use of solitary confinement, and oversight mechanisms are severely compromised.  Last year ICE itself identified at least nine facilities that require immediate closure or downsizing due to unsafe conditions and egregious violations, but nevertheless most remain open today. Expanding immigration detention will endanger the lives and safety of thousands and cost taxpayers millions.

ICE currently receives $2.8 billion in funding at FY2023 levels to detain approximately 34,000 people daily. ICE is currently detaining around 39,000 people daily, regularly over-spending their congressionally approved appropriated funds. It is irresponsible for Congress to reward ICE’s chronic disregard for its appropriated budget. Historically, the only time ICE has been funded to detain more than 34,000 people daily was during the four years of the Trump administration. The White House’s budget requests for FY2023 and FY2024 sought funding for an average of 25,000 daily detention beds.

With cuts being considered across the entirety of the federal government, we urge Congress to direct funds toward the critical needs of all people, not toward expanded incarceration.

Acacia Center for Justice

Afghans For A Better Tomorrow

African Communities Together (ACT)

AFSC Colorado

Alianza Americas

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Americans for Immigrant Justice

Amnesty International USA

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC


Bend the Arc

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action - California

Border Network for Human Rights

Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN)

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) 

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Carolina Migrant Network

Casa Freehold

Casa San Jose

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Center for Law and Social Policy

Center for Victims of Torture

Central American Resource Center - CARECEN- of California

Children at Risk 

Church World Service

CIMA (Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción)

Coalición de Derechos Humanos

Coalition on Human Needs 

Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP)

Community Justice Exchange - National Bail Fund Network

Conversations with Friends (Minnesota)

Detention Watch Network

Democratic Women of Kern

DIRE Legal Services

Dolores Street Community Services

Drug Policy Alliance

El Vínculo Hispano

Emmaus Community

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Faith in New Jersey

Faith in Texas

Faithful Friends

Families For Freedom

Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce 

First Friends of New Jersey & New York

Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Food Justice DMV

Free Migration Project

Freedom for Immigrants

Friends Committee on National Legislation 

Global Refuge

Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East

Haitian Bridge Alliance

H-CAN Immigration & Refugees Action Group

HIAS Pennsylvania

Human Rights First 

Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Immigration Equality

Immigration Equality Action Fund

Immigration Hub


Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Innovation Law Lab

Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)

Interfaith Movement 4 Human Integrity 

International Detention Coalition (IDC)

International Rescue Committee

Latin America Working Group

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)

Make the Road NY

Marianist Social Justice Immigration Team

Mariposa Legal, program of COMMON Foundation

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Movement for Justice in El Barrio

Movimiento Cosecha - New Jersey 

Muslim Advocates

Muslims for Just Futures

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

National Employment Law Project

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

National Immigration Project

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

National Partnership for New Americans

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

New Jersey Forum for Human Rights

New Mexico Dream Team

New York Immigration Coalition

NorCal Resist

Oasis Legal Services

ORALE: Organizing Rooted in Abolition, Liberation, and Empowerment

Pangea Legal Services

Pax Christi New Jersey

Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition

Project ANAR

Public Counsel

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network


Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - Justice Team

SOLACE San Diego

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC)

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Tahirih Justice Center


The Advocates for Human Rights

The Bronx Defenders

The Episcopal Church

The Mami Chelo Foundation, INC

The Welcoming Center

Tsuru for Solidarity

UndocuBlack Network

Unidad Latina en Accion NJ

Union for Reform Judaism 

United We Dream

Vera Institute of Justice

Voces Unidas RGV

Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center

Witness at the Border

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Right

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