Across the United States, tens of thousands of people, including U.S. citizens, immigrants and asylum seekers, languish needlessly in detention facilities every day without even the right to a hearing to determine whether their detention is necessary.
While detained, they are often held in poor conditions with limited access to family, medical care, or attorneys.
Urge your Senators to cosponsor the Protect US Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Detention Act and the Strong STANDARDS Act (Safe Treatment, Avoiding Needless Deaths, and Abuse Reduction in the Detention System), introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Senator Kennedy is also an original co-sponsor of the Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention Act.
These bills would require immigration authorities to ensure that U.S. citizens and other vulnerable populations such as children are informed of their rights when arrested, are considered for release, and are treated humanely while detained.