Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Immigration detainees "volunteer" to work for practically nothing
Victoria Law has a big op-ed in the New York Times about the “voluntary” labor of immigrants in detention centers as exploited by private contractors, link here.
Apparently the pay is pennies an hour.
Detention of immigrants who entered unlawfully but who may be processing asylum claims is viewed as civil, not criminal. So it is rather shocking that Congress allow this.
Detention centers exist all over the country, not just at the border. There is one in Farmville VA, another near Berlin MD on the eastern shore; there are several in Pennsylvania.
CNN has a news report on a center in Virginia for detained unaccompanied minors.