Yesterday, Axios reported that the Biden administration is planning an expanded home confinement and curfew pilot program for immigrants seeking asylum or other protection in the U.S. immigration courts.
In response to the reporting from Axios, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Detention Watch Network, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Human Rights First (HRF), Community Change Action, and FIRM Action issued the following statement:
The Biden administration betrayed promises to immigrant communities yet again this week, with news of an imminent pilot program to experiment with even “stricter” monitoring than immigration surveillance programs already in use. The pilot would include a regime of house arrest, curfews, and electronic monitoring for 164,000 people. Though framed as an “alternative-to-detention,” we have no reason to believe this harsh “e-incarceration” program would decrease the number of detention centers or the number of people detained in them. In fact, it would newly place hundreds of thousands of people under ICE’s control. It also goes directly against what the immigrant rights movement has demanded: an end to immigration detention in its entirety.
Make no mistake: surveillance technology expands the carceral state and inevitably reinforces patterns of oppression.