R Street rstreet.org 23 Feb, 2021 23:45 am

R Street Applauds U.S. Citizenship Act’s Reforms to Immigration Detention

Following a series of COVID-19 outbreaks in immigration detention centers, R Street highlighted the harms of unnecessary detention of low-risk, non-criminal immigrants.Immigration detention is civil, not criminal, meaning individuals are detained for civil offenses and are not being punished for a crime.Read more of R Street’s work on immigration detention .Any individual detained in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility who has committed a crime has already served their time in a jail or prison, and the vast majority of individuals in an ICE facility have never committed a crime.

4304(d), establishes a presumption of release for non-citizens who are victims of a crime or who are pursuing legitimate claims to legal status in the court system.R Street has advocated for a presumption of release for asylum seekers who have passed their credible fear screening—the first step in gaining asylum—family units and other vulnerable populations.

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