Friday, June 22, 2018

The Billion Dollar Concentration Camp Industry

Operating Concentration Camps for Migrant Children Extremely Lucrative:

The business of housing, transporting and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border is not a multimillion-dollar business.
It’s a billion-dollar one.
The nonprofit Southwest Key Programs has won at least $955 million in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Its shelter for migrant boys at a former Walmart Supercenter in South Texas has been the focus of nationwide scrutiny, but Southwest Key is but one player in the lucrative, secretive world of the migrant-shelter business. About a dozen contractors operate more than 30 facilities in Texas alone, with numerous others contracted for about 100 shelters in 16 other states.
If there is a migrant-shelter hub in America, then it is perhaps in the four-county Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas, where about a dozen shelters occupy former stores, schools and medical centers. They are some of the region’s biggest employers, though what happens inside is often highly confidential: One group has employees sign nondisclosure agreements, more a fixture of the high-stakes corporate world than of nonprofit child-care centers.
Note that the mainstream media continues to use the word "shelter" when discussing these internment camps for migrant children because "shelter" is much more antiseptic and pleasing to the ears. In fact, these "shelters" are nothing more than internment or concentration camps, popping up in various locations such as old Wal-Marts and other vacant big box retailing space left empty by the devastation of online shopping. Pretty soon, instead of the Mall of America, we'll have Mall of Concentration Camps for migrant children, or whoever.

 And it's big f'ing business.
The group’s shelter capacity has grown significantly: In 2010, it had capacity for up to 500 children a day across 10 shelters. Now it can serve up to 5,000 children a day across 26 shelters. The recent surge in family separations has put even more of a demand on its facilities.
Many of these contractors, including Southwest Key, whose president and chief executive, Juan Sánchez, has been a well-known and politically connected figure in South Texas for years, saw themselves as the good guys in all the years they were sheltering, housing and educating young people who had crossed the border on their own. But as their client base increasingly has included children forcibly removed from their parents, that public good will has eroded.
Critics have released tax records showing Mr. Sánchez’s compensation — more than $770,000 in 2015 alone — and his organization’s usually under-the-radar efforts to open new shelters have become pitched public battles. In Houston, a number of Democratic officials, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, called on Mr. Sánchez to abandon plans to turn a former homeless shelter into a new migrant youth shelter near downtown. Mr. Turner and others said they would urge state regulators to deny the proposed shelter a child-care-facility license.
Pre-Trump, Southwest Key was warmly received by left-leaning immigration activists and civil rights organizations. Post-Trump, some of the group’s former allies are now leading the outcry.
Which also shows you the hypocrisy I've noted on this blog for well over a decade. When Bush passed Secure Communities, there was outrage on the left and acquiescence on the right. When Obama expanded the use of concentration camps and deported more "illegals" during his 8 years than anyone in the history of ever, the left acquiesced and the right pretended it didn't happen because they couldn't believe Obama had co-opted the issue from them. And now Trump ramps it up again, the left melts down, and the right does whatever... pretends to hate it but not really? Kind of clueless what happened to the Republican party of yore.

Regardless, it shows you in our capitalist society that you can make a buck off of anything, including putting children in concentration camps. And btw, if you're sitting there right now going, "well that sounds like a good career option, I'm going to start my own concentration camp, er, detention shelter, and go into the business of warehousing children," think again. The monopolistic forces that crush competition in the U.S. economy in general will also crush you. You'll either never be allowed to open up your own concentration camp, or get quickly bought out by the larger concentration camp companies. So good luck. 

Ours is a sick society.  

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