Reprinted from The AFL-CIO Now by Kenneth Quinnell on August 17, 2018.
One of the most heartbreaking news stories of 2018 is the Trump administration’s decision to separate undocumented immigrant families that enter the United States. The AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers and other advocates for working people have condemned this policy and called for families to be reunited. As part of this effort, the AFT has issued a new report to inform pension trustees and the working people they represent about companies that are profiting off of family separation and mass incarceration.
First, there are the companies that directly profit from the family separation policy. They build and operate the facilities used to detain immigrants or provide support services to those facilities. These companies include:
- CoreCivic: Formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest private prison company owns and operates eight immigration detention centers.
- GEO Group: A company that operates private prisons and operates family detention centers.
- General Dynamics: A top defense contractor, the company provides case management services at youth detention centers. …