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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act

Jul 8, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed the bicameral Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07). The legislation ends the use of private detention facilities and increases oversight, accountability, and transparency measures. Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz released the subsequent statement:

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) proudly endorses the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07),” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “Under the current for-profit system, we have seen dozens of deaths and rampant allegations of abuse. We have an opportunity to reform the system and advance a smarter, more humane vision that ends the use of private detention facilities, enacts higher standards of care, and conducts robust oversight of ICE facilities. I thank Sen. Booker, Rep. Smith, and Rep. Jayapal for their leadership in introducing this legislation and urge its passage.”

To view text of the legislation, click HERE.


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.