Rep. Ilhan Omar is leading a group demanding the Biden administration stop housing migrants in local prison and jail facilities.
“In order to truly sever the financial incentives causing the expansion of an unnecessary and abuse-ridden system of mass incarceration, we urge you to end contracts between the federal government and localities for the purposes of immigration detention,” Omar writes.
Others signing the letter include progressive “squad” members AOC, Tlaib, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley and Jamaal Bowman.
Omar tweeted “Holding people in prison for hundreds of dollars in cash bail is immoral. During a global pandemic, it can be a death sentence. Abolition it!”
Holding people in prison for hundreds of dollars in cash bail is immoral. During a global pandemic, it can be a death sentence.
Abolition it! https://t.co/EAKCJz8bH1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 15, 2021
Ilhan Omar demands end to ICE contracts as kids cram into showerless, "jail-like" custody https://t.co/uYnKqQ5kfh
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 15, 2021