Iowa Caucus Resolution to End Immigrant Detention Quota

AFSC's Governing Under the Influence project is a non-partisan, education and action project in Iowa and New Hampshire questioning all presidential candidates leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.  We have been questioning presidential candidates about the excessive political influence from private prisons to drive incarceration and immigration policies, including the 34,000 daily immigrant detention quota in the Department of Homeland Security's federal budget.

If you plan to attend the Iowa Caucus on February 1st, 2016, please introduce the following resolution to your local caucus precinct to end the 34,000 daily immigrant detention quota.

End the Immigrant Detention Quota

Talking Points

This quota mandates the U.S. pay for a specific number of immigrants in detention, serves the for-profit interest of detention contractors over the public interest of the broader community.

This quota requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain 34,000 immigrants per day. This is based on numbers and profit margins, not on the public good.

Community-based alternatives are less expensive (free to $25/day), keep loved ones together and uphold due process.


We call for the elimination of the U.S. immigrant detention quota.

If you would like to introduce this caucus resolution, please contact us below to remind and help you with the simple process for passing the resolution.  To share with family and friends, please download the attachment and spread awareness about ending the immigrant detention quota. To learn more about the detention quota, read our fact sheet found on our GUI resource page

Questions?  Kathleen McQuillen,, 515-274-4851 ext. 22