Serco

Jun 22, 2016
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Equal Times

Undocumented immigrant detainees: the (passive) merchandise of a lucrative business

The detention centres “are like prisons, with heavy metal doors and fences,” explained Parker. “You can’t enter them without authorisation. Some of the detainees have access to legal advice, but it is not something that’s guaranteed.”

With only five per cent of the world population, the United States holds over 20 per cent of the world’s prison population, in local, state and federal prisons. With over 2.3 million people convicted, imprisoned or detained, and the trend towards privatising prisons, it is an attractive business. The detention centres for undocumented immigrants, although a small slice of the cake, also generate profits.

And with the growth in the flow of migrants and refugees this decade, the sector is doing well. Read more about Undocumented immigrant detainees: the (passive) merchandise of a lucrative business

Jun 15, 2016
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The Guardian

Texas officials vote against British firm's plans for immigration detention center

An abrupt about-face has thwarted efforts by the British security firm Serco to open its first family detention center in Texas. Local officials unanimously voted this week against “entering contract agreements” with the company after at least a month of negotiations.

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Serco has promised 200 local jobs if the center is opened. But human rights advocates say the opportunity may not last if Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is elected president, since she has promised to end the practice of detaining families.

“This box they’re trying to sell you may have zero value in a few months because we might get a president who might say that family detention is over,” said Alejandro Caceres, an organizer with Grassroots Leadership, during last week’s meeting with residents. Read more about Texas officials vote against British firm's plans for immigration detention center

Jun 14, 2016
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AlterNet

This Foreign Firm Wants to Break Into the U.S. 'Market' of Detaining Refugee Women and Children

"The answer to the family detention crisis is not contracting for new detention camps, regardless of where they are or who operates them. The answer is ending the practice of locking up kids and their moms once and for all,” said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, in a press statement released Tuesday. “The Obama administration has a choice—will its legacy be ending family detention or codifying the largest trend in locking up families in this country since Japanese internment." Read more about This Foreign Firm Wants to Break Into the U.S. 'Market' of Detaining Refugee Women and Children

Jun 14, 2016
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The San Antonio Express News

Jim Wells County deals blow to ICE detention center strategy

The Obama administration’s efforts to comply with a judge’s order over the treatment of immigrant children suffered a setback Monday when Jim Wells County commissioners rejected a proposed holding center for immigrant families.

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“We don't think that there is any way that women and children can be kept in a government facility,” said Alejandro Caceres, the immigration organizer at the Austin advocacy group Grassroots Leadership. Read more about Jim Wells County deals blow to ICE detention center strategy

Jun 9, 2016
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Huffington Post

Obama Administration Wants Another Family Immigrant Detention Center

The Obama administration is exploring creating another family immigrant detention center in Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security and private contractor Serco, Inc. are in talks with local authorities to create a family immigrant detention center in Southern Texas, even as state and federal authorities struggle with litigation over two similar institutions in the state.

Efforts to create another family detention center in Jim Wells County would likely spark backlash among immigrant rights groups and raises the possibility of more legal wrangling over the Obama administration’s controversial policy of locking up predominantly Central American mothers and their children, many of whom arrive here seeking asylum or other humanitarian relief. Read more about Obama Administration Wants Another Family Immigrant Detention Center

Jun 9, 2016
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KRIS TV

Activist groups oppose plans to build Immigration detention center

JIM WELLS COUNTY - The Jim Wells County officials are looking at the possibility of building a detention center that would house immigrant families awaiting asylum. The proposed facility would be located at the abandoned nursing home right outside San Diego. That is where Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a private company called SERCO hope to build a family immigration center. It would house anywhere from 400 to 500 mothers with their children. Read more about Activist groups oppose plans to build Immigration detention center

Jun 19, 2015
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The Guardian

Controversial UK security firm lobbying for US migrant detention contracts

A controversial British security company implicated in numerous immigration detention controversies in the UK and Australia is lobbying to secure potentially lucrative contracts to detain migrant families in the United States, documents obtained by the Guardian show.

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Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an immigrant advocacy group working with detained families, described Serco’s attempted entry to the industry as “very concerning”, arguing their proposal was little different from the system already in place.

“There is simply no way to ‘dress up’ family detention. It’s not whether or not the walls are painted or if there are benches in the cafeteria that take a tool. Locking up families always takes a toll, and the government should end family detention, not simply switch contractors,” Libal told the Guardian.

“Furthermore, Serco’s history in Australia and the UK certainly doesn’t inspire confidence that they will do anything different,” he added. Read more about Controversial UK security firm lobbying for US migrant detention contracts

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