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'Communities Not Cages' national day of action urges end to cruel mass detention of immigrants

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President Joe Biden’s immigration platform criticized the previous administration’s “unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants,” “overcrowded detention centers,” and “massive raids,” pledging that if elected, “we will never turn our backs on who we are or that which makes us uniquely and proudly American.” The nation, his campaign said, “deserves an immigration policy that reflects our highest values as a nation.”

But under his administration, the number of immigrants in detention has surged 70% after falling to a 20-year-low due in part to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The administration is currently carrying out the mass deportation of Haitians. “And we continue to lock up children, nearly 15,000 daily, in large-scale facilities and military bases,” said Detention Watch Network Executive Director Silky Shah. In over two dozen events across the nation Thursday, the “Communities Not Cages” national day of action issued an urgent call for the administration to keep to its promises on a more humane system.

“The Biden administration is clearly failing to live up to its promises of a more just and humane immigration system,” Detention Watch Network, FIRM Action, Mijente, United We Dream, and the We Are Home campaign said in a statement received by Daily Kos. The coalition is calling for an end to inhumane deportations and mass Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, noting the “number of people in detention has increased at an alarming rate since the start of the Biden administration, nearly doubling in mid-July.” Private prisons, in particular, make a handsome profit while detained immigrants get sick, suffer, and die.

Biden’s immigration platform further pledged to “[r]eassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees.” But groups noted his administration “shamefully continues to defend the Trump-era Title 42 deportations, doubling down on racist and anti-Black border enforcement that is disproportionately impacting........

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