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ICE’s Captive Immigrant Labor Force

Original story at The Nation• 2 mentions • 6 days ago

While the White House rounds up and imprisons migrants, claiming deceptively that they “take jobs” from Americans, human rights advocates say that ICE’s private prison contractors are running a scheme that employs the same “aliens” as a captive workforce in federal detention centers. How did immigrant jailers become immigrant bosses? Private prison companies claim to be benevolently keeping detainees busy with “voluntary” service, but detainees and rights advocates see this supposed volunteering as a byproduct of coercion. According to the Project on Government Oversight’s (POGO) overview of complaints against ICE and its contractors over the past decade, the work imposed ...