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Learn more about the immigration bed quota with this infographic

The United States’ immigration enforcement relies heavily on a system of detainments and deportations, locking up thousands of individuals in the process. This system separates families and subjects innocent interned folks to human rights violations. The Detention Watch Network, an organization that works to change the unjust practices of detention and deportation by exposing and challenging them, recently designed an infographic discussing the immigration bed quota designed by ICE. From the graphic:

The United States has the largest immigrant detention infrastructure in the world and today, the U.S. government locks up and deports more immigrants than ever before. The expansion of the system is in part due to an arbitrary quota from Congress that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time. The immigration detention bed quota, which started in 2009, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up an average of 34,000 immigrants in detention – close to half a million immigrants annually – in a network of over 250 county and state jails, private prisons and federal facilities.

Check out English and Spanish versions of the graphic below; you can click each image for a high-resolution PDF. Make sure to share with your friends and spread the word to #EndTheQuota.

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