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These Are The Companies Profiting From Detaining Migrants At Border Concentration Camps

It doesn’t do migrants and refugees a service to fake that white supremacy, capitalism and other forms of oppression aren’t intertwined.

As we speak Wayfair staff walked out to protest the corporate’s sales to the U.S. government and its contractor’s focus camps (let’s name them what they’re) based mostly in Texas.

tl;dr – Wayfair bought beds to furnish border camps; 547 staff signed a petition to ask that we cease all business with border camps; CEO stated no —>staff are strolling out tmrw at 1:30pm. We ask that Wayfair donate all income constructed from the sale to RAICES #WayfairWalkout

— wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout) June 25, 2019

547 Wayfair staff signed a letter requesting that the web furnishings retailer cancel the order of bedroom furnishings and make a donation to RAICES, which supplies free and low-cost authorized providers to underserved immigrant youngsters, families, and refugees, but Wayfair’s billionaire CEO, Niraj Shah, rejected the demands and fairly than donating to RAICES, donated to the Purple Cross which truly doesn’t provide help to migrants being detained at the border and has a slightly sketchy historical past of not truly using fundraised cash for many who want it.

[email protected] said in an e mail at present that they are going to be making a donation of $100okay to the @RedCross. That is great information! And proof that Wayfair can & does do good.

Nevertheless, the Purple Cross has nothing to do with these ICE-operated amenities.

— wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout) June 26, 2019

In accordance with TIME journal “the company received an order of more than $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture from BCFS, a non-profit network that contracts with the government. The order would send supplies to Carrizo Springs, Texas, where a facility is reportedly being prepared to ‘detain up to 3,000 migrant children.’”

“We believe that the current actions of the United States and their contractors at the Southern border do not represent an ethical business partnership Wayfair should choose to be a part of. We believe that by selling these (or any) products to BCFS or similar contractors we are enabling [child rights] violation and are complicit in furthering the inhumane actions of our government,” the workers’ letter states.

Beds/No beds, for teenagers improperly locked up, is a false dichotomy. We aren’t towards beds, we’re towards profiting off the detention of youngsters.


— wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout) June 25, 2019

Migrants being detained on the border camps are suffering by way of abhorrent and inhumane circumstances, so whereas we’re conscious that Shah and Wayfair’s leadership is cashing in on human misery and human rights’ violations, it’s necessary for us to concentrate on the opposite personal residents, politicians, and corporations who’re enriching themselves whereas others are ripped away from their households and confined in overcrowded cages.

We’re aware that the U.S. authorities has been monitoring and detaining migrants since earlier than the Trump Administration and in response to a 2018 article by In These Occasions, ICE spent close to $1.7 billion on near 5000 contractors in 2017.

Wear Your Voice needed to place together an inventory of the recognized corporations and politicians taking advantage of the camps — the listing is non-exhaustive and we’ll update it with new info. We encourage you to divest from them, protest, write letters and call others to action.

Companies profiting and complicit in the creation and upkeep of the concentration camps (and the prison industrial complicated):

GEO Group and CoreCivic: In These Occasions stories that the 2 leaders within the personal prison business, GEO Group, and CoreCivic additionally handle the focus camps and migrant detention facilities all through the U.S. and in 2017 they earned a mixed $985 million from ICE contracts. Both corporations donated $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee with GEO Group also donating $225,000 to a Trump Tremendous PAC in the 2016 election in accordance with The Observer.

Geo Group Inc: George Zoley CEO of GEO Group and the primary shares of the company are owned by The Vanguard Group, Blackrock, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management, Artemis Investment Management (supply)

Core Civic: Damon Hiniger is the CEO of CoreCivic, a serious architect of the jail industrial complicated and he has a Twitter account for us to voice our robust hatred of the multimillions he has made as a supplier in demise and torture.

The 5 largest shareholders of CoreCivic are The Vanguard Group, Blackrock, Constancy/FMR LLC, State Road Corp., and Prudential Monetary Inc. Additionally of observe, Wells Fargo owns numerous shares regardless of not loaning cash to CoreCivic. Extra shareholders might be tracked right here.

BCFS: The main firm being protested by Wayfair staff. In 2018, the New York Occasions reported that BCFS “has received at least $179 million in federal contracts since 2015 under the government’s so-called unaccompanied alien children program, designed to handle migrant youths who arrive in the country without a parent or other family member.”

Southwest Key: “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,” reviews the New York Occasions, “About a dozen contractors operate more than 30 facilities in Texas alone, with numerous others contracted for about 100 shelters in 16 other states.”

Extra on the founder and former CEO of Southwest Key, Juan Sánchez might be read right here.

Common Dynamics: One of many largest defense contractors within the U.S. and based on Quartz, “The company may not have a role in border policy, but it does have influence in Washington. General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic, who made $21 million in total compensation last year, is a former CIA officer, and the company spent more than $11 million last year lobbying lawmakers and executive agencies.”

MVM Inc.: MVM is a Virginia-based protection contractor, which acquired contracts value as much as $248 million to move immigrant youngsters since 2014, in accordance with a report for Reveal by investigative reporter, Aura Bogado. MVM is the contractor chargeable for holding immigrant youngsters in a single day in a Phoenix office constructing where a neighbor noticed detained youngsters bathing in toilet sinks, Bogado reported in 2018.

CSI Aviation: This firm was contracted to run constitution deportation flights.

The Nakamoto Group: ICE also contracts out its inspections of migrant detention facilities and The Nakamoto Group accredited substandard (read inhumane) amenities.

Deloitte: The international administration advisor firm earned an $18 million contract with ICE in 2017 for case administration at the migrant detention amenities.

Johns Hopkins College: The Baltimore-based university has three contracts with ICE totaling more than $1.7 million, all of that are set to run out this yr. Based on the Baltimore Solar the contracts are principally for “educational programs that provide emergency medical training and leadership education.” College students and employees at the faculty have referred to as on university officials to finish their relationship with the company.

Bethany Christian Providers: In June 2018 information broke that the anti-choice, homophobic adoption and foster non-profit had hyperlinks to the Trump administration’s Schooling Secretary Betsy DeVos. The group fostered out a minimum of 81 migrant youngsters taken from their mother and father on the U.S. border and given the shortage of presidency accountability, the transfer to put these youngsters in foster care has been compared to state-sponsored kidnapping which falls in keeping with the U.S.’s historical past of stealing Black individuals, Black youngsters from their mother and father, and indigenous youngsters.

Tech Companies Profiting From ICE Contracts:

Salesforce: Salesforce has a software contract with Customs and Border Protection and in response to In These Occasions, Salesforce tried to rehabilitate its picture by donating $250,000 to RAICES, which rejected their money stating that “when it comes to supporting oppressive, inhumane, and illegal policies … the only right action is to stop.”

Microsoft:   Microsoft handles ICE’s knowledge processing

Pen-Hyperlink: A surveillance agency referred to as Pen-Link offers ICE with “real-time tracking” via cellphone and geolocation knowledge.

Amazon and Palantir: In collaboration with tech company Palantir (owned by Trump supporter, Peter Thiel), Amazon supplies its facial recognition software to the company which in line with Gizmondo that they had “heavily marketed its Rekognition software to police departments and government agencies. The technology can recognize and track faces in real time, and the ACLU noted that such a powerful surveillance tool could easily be misused by law enforcement.”

Amazon staff despatched CEO Jeff Bezos a letter in June 2018 protesting the choice to work with ICE and ICE contractor Palantir. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and [the Department of Homeland Security],” they wrote.

Comcast and Time Warner Cable: Both Internet and cable suppliers supply ICE with web access.

Thomson Reuters Special Providers: A subsidiary of the information company Thomson Reuters has a $4.7 million contract with ICE for its Net of Science subscription providers and based on Money, additionally they have a  $2.1 million purchase order with ICE for “risk mitigation services,” as well as a $126,000 one for “consulting services.”

CEO Stephen Rubley additionally happens to be a board member of the ICE Basis which “supports employees, runs awareness campaigns, helps victims and gives financial aid to families of agents killed or wounded on the job, among other things.”

Motorola: The communications firm had a $3 million contract with ICE (from 2016 till March 2019) for a “core upgrade/GPS project/mobility project,” they usually have been also awarded a contract for a communications program totalling roughly $15.three million.

Xerox, Canon, and Dell: Xerox has a number of ICE contracts, most of them for maintenance on printers and copiers.

Canon has several contracts with ICE that cowl the cost of copier repairs.

Dell Federal Methods LP, which is a branch of the computer and software program manufacturing firm, has a number of contracts with ICE for software program.

Banks Offering Loans to GEO Group and CoreCivic and Profiting Off The Migrant Disaster:

Based on a 2016 report carried out by In The Public Curiosity, there have been six banks funding GEO Group and Core Civic and bankrolling the construction and maintenance of these for-profit prison corporations. More lately, following comparable strikes by Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America introduced that it will stop lending to corporations that run personal prisons and detention centers. Nevertheless, it have to be famous that loans are totally different from holding inventory, which as of October 2018, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo nonetheless did.

JPMorgan Chase: “JPMorgan has increased its stockholdings in Geo Group and CoreCivic 15,600 percent.” in accordance with In These Occasions.

BNP Paribas


U.S. Bancorp

A few of the politicians and political bodies who’re benefitting from the migrant detention camps:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: the marketing campaign arm for the House Democrats took a $10,000 donation from personal jail firm Geo Group in Nov. 2017 and over $350,000 throughout the 2018 midterm election campaigns bundled by lobbyists related to GEO Group or CoreCivic, data show.

Rep. John Culberson: The GEO Group’s PAC and executives have given $32,900 to the Houston Republican, this makes them his largest donor. The other personal jail firm, CoreCivil gave Culberson $11,000.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar: The democratic politician acquired $32,400 type GEO Group. CoreCivic gave Cuellar $1,500.

Rep. John Carter: acquired $31,600 from GEO Group.

In line with Esquire, both Culberson and Cuellar serve on the Home Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, which funds personal immigration detention centers. The article also said that “Culberson is also the chairman of and Carter serves on the House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, and science, which oversees funding for private prisons.”

It doesn’t do migrants and refugees a service to fake that white supremacy, capitalism and different forms of oppression aren’t intertwined. Divesting from these corporations, calling them out, protesting them, shaming them for selecting profit over human dignity, is important. Staying silent is a form of complicity and there are over 40,000 migrants who can’t await us to be stirred into motion. We should do something now.

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