US Defense Contractors Make Millions By Warehousing Immigrant Children
While the Trump administration claims the Bible supports the forcible separation of immigrant children from their mothers, defense contractors are getting rich by warehousing the kids (video below).
According to the Daily Beast, defense contractors such as General Dynamics and MVM Inc. are raking in taxpayer money, thanks to child confinement.
Matthew Kolken, an immigration lawyer who often represents undocumented children, gave The Daily Beast his take:
It is mind-blowing that those types of industries would be even considered with respect to the care of children. Would you want your child to be dropped off in their hands? I know I wouldn’t.
Officially, the immigrant children are in custody of Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which farms them out to shelters owned by corporations such as MVM Inc.
MVM Inc. claims it has “extensive domain expertise in counter-narcotics, criminal and civil investigations, public safety, and national security.”
However, MVM Inc. lost a CIA contract in Iraq in 2008 for “failing to provide enough armed guards,” reported The Wall Street Journal.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued MVM Inc. after learning that MVM Inc. forced a Muslim guard to shave his beard after he reported a supervisor called him a “n**ga.”
MVM Inc. settled the case months later for $135,000.
Joe Arabit, the director of MVM Inc. homeland security and public safety division, defended the troubled company to The Daily Beast:
[The child immigrant contracts] are unrelated to the examples you raise. And, I’d point out that the recent allegations you mention of discrimination and harassment have been found through investigations and arbitration to be without merit. MVM, Inc. prides itself on being an inclusive company that creates a welcoming and diverse workplace…
According to federal contracting databases, MVM Inc. was awarded a contract worth up to $8 million through September 2022.
MVM Inc. has made nearly $43 million since September 2017 by contracting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for transporting undocumented children around Texas.
Neil Gordon, an investigator with the Project on Government Oversight, notes that General Dynamics has been penalized $280.3 million for 23 misconduct cases since 1995.
A General Dynamics spokesperson refused to comment to The Daily Beast, and referred to news site to the Department of Health and Human Services, which has nothing to do with the business practices of General Dynamics.
A Department of Health and Human Services rep said the department was unable to respond by The Daily Beast’s deadline.