Tearing children away from their parents and caging them like stray dogs is ungodly, unnecessary and un-American.
It’s also astronomically profitable, if you have the right connections.
The Trump Administration is set to pay nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars to a Texas nonprofit for the housing and care of children separated from their parents after illegal border crossings. The contract, first reported by Bloomberg News, will pay Southwest Key Programs Inc. more than $458 million in fiscal 2018. Pretty lucrative for a “nonprofit.”
Southwest Key operates a dozen children’s prisons for the Department of Health and Human Services in Texas, including a former Wal-Mart in Brownsville. The federal government paid Southwest Key about $286 million in 2017 and $211 million in 2016, government records show. Company CEO Juan Sanchez‘s salary was $1.5 million in 2016, the latest record available.
Southwest Key recently leased a warehouse in Houston to open a new children’s prison, The Houston Chronicle reported.
An “emergency shelter” contract for another children’s prison in Homestead, Florida, will pay Cape Canaveral-based Comprehensive Health Services Inc. as much as $31 million for warehousing about 1,000 kids snatched at the border.
In 2017, Comprehensive Health Services paid a $3.8 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice over medical fraud complaints for double-billing the government. Rick Scott, Florida’s Republican governor, then gave the company a $600,000 tax break.
After NBC News reported that it costs U.S. taxpayers an average of $775 per child per night on average to house jailed kids in government shelters, Business Insider checked prices at Trump hotels and found all offered cheaper rates than the children’s prisons taxpayers are funding.
A junior suite at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., was available for $757 before taxes. Trump’s New York hotel offered a one-bedroom suite with a city view for $710 before taxes. A penthouse suite at the president’s Las Vegas hotel is available for $710 on July 3. Book it now.
Business Insider noted that the available Trump suites in D.C. have king-sized beds, fine linen, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, “executive desks” and chandeliers. Each bathroom sports two tubs, one of them lined with marble.
Chain-link fence and mylar blankets cost extra.