There is a critical migrant rights bill making its way through the California Assembly that will take on for-profit immigration detention and fight back against Trump-fueled hate.
The Dignity Not Detention Act, Bill SB-29, will keep local governments from contracting with for-profit migration centers and will give added protections to LGBTQ+ migrants.
This bill is super important. Not only will it immediately improve the safety and security of the hardworking migrants in California schools, churches and communities, it tackles the for-profit prison industrial complex head-on, one of the main drivers of migrant detention across the country.
If this bill passes, it could encourage other states to pass similar laws and start fighting back against President Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda. But to get there, we need to fight for every single vote in the California Assembly.
Private detention is a big business. There are four for-profit migrant detention centers in California that account for 75% of all detained immigrants, asylum seekers, and undocumented workers. Many of them are guaranteed a certain number of detainees, which incentivizes locking up families, workers and others whose only crime is seeking a better life.
No one should be profiting off human misery and Bill SB-29 will help California begin to fight back against this unjust practice.