ICE announced Thursday that it signed an $11 million-a-year contract with GEO Care LLC to operate the program in Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Chicago and the Baltimore-Washington area for families released from detention or at the border.
GEO Care is a division of GEO Group, the for-profit private prison company that owns and operates the notorious Karnes family detention camp in South Texas. A social worker who worked at the center quit and blew the whistle on conditions inside, testifying before Congress that what she saw inside was "tantamount to torture."
Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director of RAICES stated “The administration keeps finding ways to hand over control of a vulnerable population to a private prison company. We very much fear the end result will be harm to these families and their claims to protection under our laws.”
GEO does not have the legal or social case management expertise, nor trust of the immigrant community to successfully implement this program.
Victor Nieblas Pradis, President of AILA cautioned “With this choice, the Obama Administration is only wasting more taxpayer money on wholly inappropriate punitive treatment models for families seeking protection in the United States.”