Curbing the Abuse of LGBT Immigrants in Detention

As long as Congress continues to require ICE to detain 34,000 people daily in order to fill an arbitrary quota, LGBT immigrants will continue to be vulnerable to abuse in detention.

Part of a Series

idea_bulbThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, has taken commendable steps to improve the immigration detention system, including an automated tool to improve transparency and uniformity in detention-custody decisions and recent guidance on prosecutorial discretion issued by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. However, a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request submitted by the Center for American Progress on October 8, 2014, revealed that these measures are ineffective at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, immigrants, who DHS recognizes as a “special vulnerability” category. As long as Congress continues to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to keep an arbitrary quota of 34,000 immigrants in detention daily, LGBT immigrants are vulnerable to the inherent health and safety risks that detention poses.

For more on this idea, please see:

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.

Explore The Series