“Gang of 8” Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake:
Over a span of three days, Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales and Jorge Garcia-Mejia committed suicide inside Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, a private facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Eloy Detention Center currently operates under outdated 2008 detention standards, has no independent oversight, and passed its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspection despite having nine other known immigrant fatalities since 2004.
Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, this is happening under your watch. We urge you to exercise your authority and demand that ICE immediately terminate its contract with the Eloy Detention Center. Immigrants in these facilities should be released and returned to their families and communities.
This is just one more example of the ongoing crisis in the U.S. immigration detention system: immigrants detained under the custody of the U.S. government are languishing in a system so massive and mismanaged that it has led to rampant due process violations and human rights abuses.
Congress and the Obama Administration have acknowledged that our immigration detention system is plagued with injustice and inefficiency. Meanwhile, ICE continues to detain more than 400,000 immigrants a year in prisons and jails, most of whom have no right to a hearing and no access to counsel.
Detention Watch Network urges Congress to repeal mandatory detention of immigrants and cut ties between the federal government and the private prison industry.
Senator John McCain, a member of the “Gang of 8” has received $127,725 over his career from the private prison industry.
Call Senator McCain and ask him to demand that ICE immediately terminate its contract with Eloy Detention Center, release immigrants from this facility and repeal mandatory detention.
Phoenix Office: (602) 952-2410 / DC Office: (202) 224-223
Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the “Gang of 8”
Call Senator Jeff Flake and ask him to demand that ICE immediately terminate its contract with Eloy Detention Center, release immigrants from this facility and repeal mandatory detention.
Phoenix Office: (602) 840-1891 / DC Office: (202) 224-4521