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December 14, 2011

Ruthie Epstein Testifies before NYC Council on Immigration Detention

Human Rights First’s Ruthie Epstein testified before the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration in a hearing on immigration detention convened by Council Member Daniel Dromm and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Epstein’s testimony provided an overview of the U.S. immigration detention system and focused on its impact on New Yorkers. She highlighted the recent increase of 750 new immigration detention beds in Newark, which will hold detainees from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as arriving asylum seekers and other immigrants picked up at local airports, and offered several key recommendations to the U.S. government to make good on its promises to reform the immigration detention system and bring U.S. detention policies in line with human rights commitments.