Thursday August 10, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2016, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates announced a plan to phase out contracts with privately operated prisons. The Department of Homeland Security ordered a review of contracts with GEO Group Inc., the largest private prison company in America.
One day after the Yates announcement, a $100,000 donation was made by GEO to a pro-Trump PAC, according to a Feb. 23 report by USA Today. A GEO subsidiary donated $250,000 to support Trump's inauguration, also according to USA Today. And, according to a May 24 Washington Post report, GEO Group gave $275,000 to Rebuilding America New, a pro-Trump PAC by GEO. On Feb. 23, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the review of contracts. GEO plans to build more facilities to meet contractual obligations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Arrests of nonviolent immigrants are increasing, and deportations have decreased 31 percent, compared to the same six months last year. Taxpayers are paying to hold or monitor (with new ankle monitors by GEO) those arrested and placed in detention centers, many of whose detainees were working and paying taxes.
Team Trump is using fear of immigrants to scare our people on as many fronts as they can. This is not an effort to keep us safe. It's just more chaos created by Trump and his rhetoric by which he supplies no factual numbers and is now using human beings to profit his backers.
The resistance's strength is inclusion.
Jailing immigrants profits contributor