Immigrant Rights

By: Elizabeth Ropp on May 28, 2015
I asked Bernie Sanders about the Detention Bed Mandate. He talks about how we need to spend more on education so we can spend less on incarceration.
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By: Lia Lindsey on May 26, 2015
JB Hutto Prison, 2008

The detention quota is a federal policy requiring that 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities be maintained every day — an arbitrary number based not on enforcement needs, but on the profit needs of the companies that contract to detain immigrants.  Congresspeople who support the policy benefit from campaign contributions from the very same corporations. 

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By: Eric Zulaski on May 21, 2015
Lindsey Graham Walk and Talk
Presidential candidate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did a "walk and talk" in downtown Manchester, NH. Governing Under the Influence activists rose to the occasion and delivered the message that we do not want a system governed under the influence of Pentagon contractors, for-profit prisons and corporate lobbyists in general. Several people asked questions.
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By: Arnie Alpert on May 18, 2015
Arnie hands whistle to Christie
Last week I asked Chris Christie how we can keep for-profit prison companies from running our immigration policy. He said "we need to blow the whistle" if policy is being driven by the dictates of private profit. So I went to see him again this week. After his speech in Portsmouth, I gave him a copy of our paper on the immigrant detention quota. And I handed him a whistle.
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By: Nancy on May 13, 2015
Nancy asked Martin O'Malley about money in politics and the immigrant detention quota.
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By: Nancy on May 8, 2015
Nancy went to see Rick Perry May 8 in Rochester. He didn't know about the "Bed Mandate," so Nancy will follow up.
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By: Arnie Alpert on May 6, 2015
Arnie gives info to Gov. Kasich
When I asked John Kasich in March about for-profit prisons and the immigrant detention quota he said he didn’t know anything about it. Yesterday I handed him a packet of information.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
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We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa.  Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us. 

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By: Kathleen McQuillen on April 9, 2015
O’Malley: “What? Where are they? …We don’t have private prisons in Maryland.” I don’t support private prisons.”
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
“Nobody would be in favor of seeing children warehoused by the federal government,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to my follow-up question about immigrant children being detained for profit.
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