Trump’s Need For Immigration Centers

June 28, 2018 GMT

Editor: In the summer of 2016, the Obama administration was phasing out private prisons. Sally Yates, deputy attorney general, said the private prisons “simply do not provide the same level of correction services, programs and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.” One month into the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rescinded that memo. According to Newsweek (Jan. 30) The GEO Group and Core Civic run 72 percent of the privately owned Immigration and Customs Enforcement beds. In 2016, the GEO Group spent $1 million in lobbying for their privately owned prison system. The GEO Group gave $250,000 to Trump’s Super Pac along with $250,000 to his inaugural committee. Core Civic also donated $250,000 to the Super Pac. The GEO Group secured the Trump Administration’s first contract for an immigrant detention center — a deal worth millions of dollars a year. Its stock price tripled since a low in 2016. According to CNN Money, the GEO Group’s stock went up 98 percent and Core Civic’s went up 140 percent. Executives and wardens of The GEO Group held their annual leadership conference at the luxurious 800-acre Trump National Doral in October 2017. According to the Hill (Feb. 23, 2017), Trump’s Department of Homeland Security has expanded the need for immigration centers as the Department of Homeland Security sets the stage for mass deportations. On this date, 33,000 immigrants were being held in detention. Homeland Security was told to increase the quota of people held in immigration detention centers to 80,000 a day. Joanne Dahms DUPONT