Fight Private Prison Immigration Detention

Your DGB for today is to contact the Department of Homeland Security and urge them to follow in the footsteps of the Department of Justice and stop the use of for-profit prison immigration detention centers.

In mid August of this year, the DOJ announced a decision to end government contracts with private prisons, citing poor prisoner treatment, denial of basic human rights, and ineffective oversight. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, later directed his Homeland Security Advisory Council to evaluate whether the agency should discontinue their use of private detention centers as well. At the end of November, the Council recommended phasing out private contracts. Secretary Johnson now has to decide whether to act on this conclusion or leave the matter to the next Secretary; Trump nominee Gen. John Kelly.

Today we want you to tell the office this can’t wait. You can either email (dhsexecsec@hq.dhs.gov) or call (202-282-8221) the Office of the Executive Secretary and say “I am a concerned citizen calling to urge Secretary Johnson to act on the recommendation of the Advisory Council to end immigration detention privatization before the incoming administration takes office.”

Human rights can’t get stuck in political limbo.