Immigration attorneys say pricey commissary goods are part of a broader strategy by private prisons to harness cheap inmate labor that lowers operating costs and boosts profits.
Immigrants and activists say facilities such as those owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit corrections company, deliberately skimp on essentials, even food, to coerce detainees to labor for pennies an hour to supplement meager rations.Read the rest of the Reuters story here. Read more
Despite acknowledging that they “dropped the ball” by releasing more than 200 asylum seekers onto the streets of El Paso without money or means of transportation—or without warning local officials—Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan to release hundreds more over Christmas, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke told Texas Monthly Monday. The move over the holiday has […]Read more
The border wall has become the stumbling block between Republicans and Democrats over government funding, leading to a shutdown of the federal government. A wall, however, already exists along stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The New York Times created an interactive graphic to show what’s already in place. For more on the Wall — whether we […]Read more
Claudia Kolker, author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope, has been volunteering to help asylum-seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border navigate the legal process. She recently wrote this opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle: I was standing in a trailer in South Texas, anxiously sipping from a […]Read more
President Trump, in a meeting with Democratic leaders in the Oval Office yesterday, threatened to shut down the federal government later this month if Congress doesn’t approve funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But is it worth it? Will the wall, and the billions it will cost, result in better border security? […]Read more
President Trump has proposed a fence that would stretch 2,000 miles and cost as much as $25 billion. Economic analysis raises significant questions about what Americans would be getting for their money.Read more