The New York Times: Some Contractors Housing Migrant Children Are Familiar to Trump’s Inner Circle

5 July, 2018


Commentary by Francois Crépeau: “The industrialisation of detention is at work in migrant detention as it is the case for prisons. The profit factor raises the pressure to increase the number of detainees. Strict oversight of  and accountability for detention decisions and detention conditions is made extremely difficult” 

By Ben Protess, Manny Fernandez and Kitty Bennett

Many of the nonprofits, corporations and religious groups watching over migrant children detained at the southwest border have been in this business for years — and they have a history of political connections, donating millions of dollars to Democrats and Republicans alike.

Now, as new federal policies greatly expand the number of migrants held in detention, it is also becoming clear that some of the players in this billion-dollar industry have particularly strong ties to the Trump administration.

The president’s education secretary provided funding to one of the groups. His defense secretary sat on the board of another. Mr. Trump’s own inauguration fund collected $500,000 from two private prison companies housing detained migrant families. And some of the contractors employ prominent Republican lobbyists with ties to Mr. Trump and his administration, including someone who once lobbied for his family business.

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