Gutiérrez On Illinois Governor Rauner’s Financial Ties To Immigrant Detention Profits
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner profits from the detention of immigrants, including from facilities that hold immigrant families and children. Rep. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
It says a lot about the Republican Party when profits from jailing immigrant children and families are going straight to the Governor’s mansion. Something is very, very wrong. This should be about human beings and managing our immigration system, but families are being split apart to sell off the pieces to the lowest bidder on government contracts. The Governor ought to be ashamed of himself if he has any involvement with this ugly business that makes money from human misery and profits from laws designed to fill the beds of for-profit prisons.
I have visited with families, moms, and kids in for-profit and public detention centers and it is not pleasant or humane. On top of losing their freedom, detainees are nickel and dimed for food, phone calls, and anything else the companies can charge them for. Last month I sat with mothers at a Colorado detention facility who were charged $20 to make phone calls to their elementary-school aged sons who were being held in different states. Now we find out that part of the $20 is probably going right into the Governor’s pocket.
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