Crow Supports Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act

April 19, 2021
Press Release
Bicameral legislation that reforms our broken, for-profit immigration detention system and protects the civil and human rights of immigrants

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today announced his support for the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, transformative legislation introduced by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, and Senator Cory Booker. 

The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would end the use of private detention facilities altogether, repeal mandatory detention, stop family detention, and prohibit solitary confinement while also restoring due process and increasing oversight, accountability, and transparency measures.

“Our immigration system should reflect our values as a nation and affirm that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and decency,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “Instead, our immigration detention system is driven by corporate greed. Since taking office, I have fought for accountability and to bring an end to the for-profit immigration detention system. The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act is a step forward towards reforming our broken immigrant system.” 

The legislation will shrink the population of detention centers and promote more humane and less costly community-based alternatives by mandating that all detained immigrants have access to a custody hearing in front of an immigration judge. Vulnerable populations — including primary caregivers and asylum seekers — will also be protected. Additionally, the government will be required to show probable cause that someone poses a risk to the community in order to detain them. Importantly, the bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish legally enforceable civil detention standards, and creates a meaningful inspection process at facilities. 

In January, Crow sent a letter to DHS Acting Secretary David Pekoske calling on the Biden Administration to end contracts with private immigration detention centers. Crow has called for ICE to end its contracts with private prison contractors following reports of deplorable conditions in Aurora’s ICE Detention Center and other private, for-profit immigrant detention centers across the country. In May 2019, Congressman Crow introduced legislation that would require congressional access to ICE detention facilities, after he was denied entry to the Aurora site following a series of viral outbreaks. The legislation was enacted into law in December 2019. Crow’s office has conducted weekly visits to the Aurora Contract Detention Facility since July 2019.