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May 25, 2016
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San Antonio Current

Ill-gotten Gains, Gender Equality in Government, Seeing Green

The times in Texas are good for the for-profit prison industry.

The GEO Group, which operates the immigrant detention facility in Karnes County, and Corrections Corp. of America, which runs a similar facility in Dilley, Texas, are rolling in cash.

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Grassroots Leadership Immigration Programs Director Cristina Parker said that money is made off of the suffering of mothers and children who came to the U.S. seeking refuge.

"It's sickening to hear CCA and GEO brag about their profitable quarter to shareholders," Parker said. Read more about Ill-gotten Gains, Gender Equality in Government, Seeing Green

May 20, 2016
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San Antonio Current

For-profit Prison Companies in Texas Made Big Money Jailing Immigrants so Far This Year

Two private for-profit prison companies operating immigrant detention facilities in Texas reported strong financial gains to shareholders this month.

The GEO Group, which operates the immigrant detention facility in Karnes County, and Corrections Corp. of America, which runs a similar facility in Dilley, Texas, are rolling in cash.

Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based organization that seeks to end the for-profit prison industry, reports that GEO Group told shareholders that the 626-bed expansion of the Karnes facility in December 2015 is one of a few reasons why its first quarter revenue for 2016 "increased to approximately $510 million from $427 million a year ago." Read more about For-profit Prison Companies in Texas Made Big Money Jailing Immigrants so Far This Year

May 10, 2016
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RT

For-profit prison earnings increase due to surge in immigrant family detention centers

Two of the country’s largest for-profit prison companies reported to shareholders that their earnings have swelled thanks to detention centers holding immigrant families.

The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private corrections firm in the United States, reported revenue of $447.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, a 5 percent increase from the same quarter a year prior, the company reported in a statement.

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“It’s sickening to hear CCA and GEO brag about their profitable quarter to shareholders,” Cristina Parker, immigration programs director at the immigrant advocacy organization Grassroots Leadership, said in a statement.“That money is made off the suffering of mothers and children who came to the US for refuge.” Read more about For-profit prison earnings increase due to surge in immigrant family detention centers

May 10, 2016
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ThinkProgress

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country.

Revenues increased during the first quarter of 2016 for both the Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group, executives told shareholders on conference calls.

CCA saw a revenue of $447.4 million, a 5 percent increase from last year’s first quarter. The company’s press release attributed much of that increase to a federal contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

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“It’s sickening to hear CCA and GEO brag about their profitable quarter to shareholders,” Cristina Parker, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership, said in a press release. “That money is made off the suffering of mothers and children who came to the U.S. for refuge.” Read more about Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

May 6, 2016
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MintPress News

Texas Incarcerates Immigrant Children In Private Prisons They Call ‘Day Care Centers’

Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based nonprofit that opposes for-profit prisons, sued Texas over the regulations. Arguing there was no “emergency” allowing the state to waive basic human rights, the nonprofit won a temporary injunction in November. This forced the state to accept public input on the changes. An open records request showed the state received over 5,000 pages of overwhelmingly negative letters and testimony against the proposed rules.

But the state pressed on anyway, and the new rules went into effect on Feb. 12.

In response, immigration reform activists organized a “pop-up day care center” outside the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Today, I’m joined by Alejandro Caceres, immigration organizer at Grassroots Leadership. I asked him to tell me more about what inspired this unique direct action and what kind of reaction they received. Read more about Texas Incarcerates Immigrant Children In Private Prisons They Call ‘Day Care Centers’

May 5, 2016
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ThinkProgress

Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas From Licensing A ‘Baby Jail’ As A Child Care Center

Immigrant activists are fighting to prevent Texas from licensing controversial detention centers as child care facilities, saying these centers are more accurately described as prisons.

They won a victory in court this week. On Wednesday, an Austin district judge issued a temporary injunction blocking Texas’ largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley from being labeled as a child care facility, after activists from the Grassroots Leadership organization sued on behalf of two Central American mothers being detained there.

The judge issued a week-long restraining order preventing Texas officials from awarding a child care license to the privately-run, for-profit South Texas Family Residential Center. The order expires on May 13, when the court will hear the organization’s request for a temporary injunction against new state regulations to license the center. Read more about Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas From Licensing A ‘Baby Jail’ As A Child Care Center

May 5, 2016
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KSAT 12

Childcare licensing for Dilley family detention camp halted

AUSTIN, Texas - A temporary restraining order was issued Wednesday that prevents the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from issuing a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Care Center in Dilley.

The order is in response to a lawsuit filed by Grassroots Leadership to halt childcare licensing of controversial immigrant family detention centers in South Texas.

The center in Dilley and the Karnes County Residential Center had both applied for licenses under lowered standards, adopted under a new regulation, which were implemented by the agency on March 1. The Karnes facility was granted a childcare license on Friday. Wednesday the court blocked licensure of the Dilley center. Read more about Childcare licensing for Dilley family detention camp halted

May 5, 2016
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Public News Service

TX Judge's Order Blocks Child-Care License for Detention Centers

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group filed the lawsuit claiming that the centers, managed by ICE and operated by for-profit prison corporations, are not an appropriate place to house hundreds of families with children awaiting immigration hearings.

Bob Libal, director of Grassroots Leadership, said his group went to court to stop the state from turning prisons into child-care centers.

"Essentially, what we are saying is that the Legislature has not given authority to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to license facilities like this, which are prisons," he said. "It does not have the authority to license prisons as child-care centers." Read more about TX Judge's Order Blocks Child-Care License for Detention Centers
May 4, 2016
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The San Antonio Express News

State faces lawsuit after licensing detention center

AUSTIN — The state’s decision to grant a child care license to a detention facility in Karnes City has prompted a legal battle between the state and a nonprofit grass-roots organization that won a temporary restraining order Wednesday halting licensing until a court appearance next week.

The temporary restraining order was issued by District Judge Karen Crump.

Last week, the Department of Family Planning Services issued a temporary child care license to the Karnes County Residential Center, run by a private prison company. In response, the Austin-based Grassroots Leadership and two mothers detained there with their children filed a lawsuit requesting a temporary injunction and temporary restraining order.

The center in Kanes and a second center, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, were opened in 2014 to hold families from Central America. Dilley also has a license application pending, but on Wednesday the judge temporarily blocked the state from issuing one until the May 13 hearing.

Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, said a trial date has not been set for the suit but that conversations are in the works and the case could be heard next week. The state attorney general’s office will represent the state, DFPS spokesperson Patrick Crimmins said. Read more about State faces lawsuit after licensing detention center

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